For once it looked like the ongoing IPL 2020 could finally become the breakthrough season for Sanju Samson. The right-handed batsman started the tournament with two stunning knocks, slamming 74 and 85 against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab respectively.
But since then, things have only gone downhill. In his last three innings, he has made 8, 4 and 0. The decline in form after a good start to the campaign is nothing new for the wicketkeeper-batsman. In both 2018 and 2019, more than 40 percent of his tournament runs came only in his first three outings with the bat.
His weakness against the short ball has been exposed once again. In his last three innings, Sanju Samson was out twice while facing short balls. And while the Rajasthan Royals star would be desperate to bounce back, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has pointed out a very alarming fact about him.
Soon after Sanju Samson failed against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter to point out that a player should be judged on the basis of his record in first-class record. He stated that Sanju Samson’s first-class average of 37 (37.64) bothers him and compared it to the averages of Mayank Agarwal (57) as well as young Shubman Gill (73).
“No matter what the format, I make it a point to look at a player’s FC record to get a general idea about the player. Something about Samson that’s always bothered me..his FC average is 37. In comparison, Mayank is 57 & Gill in his 21 matches a staggering 73,” wrote Manjrekar.
Mumbai Indians thrash Rajasthan Royals:
As Sanju Samson was out for a duck on Tuesday, Mumbai Indians went on to thrash the Royals by 57 runs. The defeat was third in a row for the Royals. Batting first, Mumbai Indians rode on Suryakumar Yadav’s unbeaten fifty to post 193 for 4. In reply, the Royals were all out for just 136.
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