Sanju Samson has had a torrid ride even after he has again come back into the Indian Team. He played his part for India in the first ODI by scoring a vital 36 off 38 balls with four fours. He took the team out of a precarious situation and stitched a 94-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer.
Even then as luck would have it, he was dropped for the second ODI due to some changes which were made in the team combination. Deepak Hooda was replaced by Samson and that was because Hooda could chip in with the ball and that meant the axe had fallen on the Kerala batter.
The second ODI ended in a no result as only 12.5 overs of play were possible, and India were batting at 89-1 before the rain came down and no more play was deemed possible. New Zealand are leading the series 1-0 with one game left to be played.
India do not manage all-rounders well- Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer, the former India cricketer, shared his thoughts about the team composition. He had an interesting observation when he said that Samson was not getting a continuous run in the playing XI of the Men in Blue as there is no one to bowl in the top 6.
“Sanju was dropped despite playing well because we don’t have enough all-rounders and part-time options. My two cents on why there’s a dearth of all-rounders and part-timers.” Jaffer wrote on Twitter. “With bowling machines and throwdown specialists around, batters have stopped bowling in the nets,” added Jaffer.
“We don’t manage all-rounders well because there aren’t many around we’re quick to play them at the highest level, but then after a few bad outings, they’re out as quickly as they got in. Vijay Shankar, Venky Iyer, Shivam Dube, and Krunal Pandya are a few examples. Need to show patience while they develop,” Jaffer added in his post.
India were trumped by New Zealand in the first ODI by 7 wickets. Tom Latham scored 145 off 104 balls and Kane Willamson scored 94 off 98 balls to make the chase a breeze for the Kiwis.