Last Update on: March 20th, 2023 at 01:13 pm
According to former Indian Test cricketer, Wasim Jaffer, considering Sanju Samson as an alternative to Suryakumar Yadav for the final ODI against Australia in Chennai would not be a bad option. However, Jaffer acknowledged the fact that any batter would find it challenging to face the pace and accuracy of Mitchell Starc, who consistently bowls at a speed of 145 kilometers per hour.
Suryakumar Yadav has faced criticism after being dismissed for two consecutive first-ball ducks in the previous two matches against Australia, which took place in Mumbai and Visakhapatnam. The right-handed batsman fell victim to Starc’s inswingers on both occasions, with the ball hitting his front pad before getting him out lbw. As a result, there are concerns regarding Yadav’s position in the team.
Despite not being included in the team to face Australia, Sanju Samson boasts an impressive average of 66 in the 11 One Day Internationals he has played for India. Furthermore, he has a noteworthy strike rate of 104.76 in the 50-over of the game.
We Have To Sympathize With Suryakumar Yadav: Wasim Jaffer
In a recent Timeout segment on ESPN Cricinfo, Jaffer commented that he understood how challenging it could be for batters to handle Starc’s incoming deliveries, but he believed that Suryakumar Yadav should have been better prepared for that situation. According to Jaffer, Samson has performed impressively in the limited chances he has received, which strengthens his argument in favor of including him in the team.
“We might sympathize with Suryakumar Yadav as the first ball that he faced was of 145 clicks. No doubt that it’s challenging when a left-arm seamer tries to bring the ball back in. Again, he should have anticipated that when Mitchell Starc bowls, he will attack the stumps and might swing the ball. We have to see if the management sticks with him in the third ODI otherwise it’s not a bad option to give Sanju Samson a chance because he has played well when given the opportunity and he is a good player.”
Jaffer expressed disappointment with India’s performance in the second ODI against Australia, where they lost all 10 wickets for a mere 117 runs, citing poor shot selection as the cause of many batters’ dismissals, including Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. India and Australia will face each other again on March 21st in the final match of the series, with both teams aiming for a victory.