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Will It Succeed or Fail? Interpreting The Strange Sanju Samson Case

<p>Sanju Samson has an exceptional talent, or potential if you could use that word at 29 years old. Samson is a graceful stroke player who can destroy any bowling attack in the globe. He has rightfully developed a cult following because to his achievements in the Indian Premier League (IPL).</p>
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<p>The wicket-keeper batsman, who made his IPL debut in 2013, has improved with each season, maturing like a good wine in the local franchisee-based cricket tournament. In 152 IPL matches so far, Samson has scored 3,888 runs with a strike rate of 137.19 and an average of over thirty.</p>
<p>The Kerala batsman has maybe played his finest IPL ball in the last few years. Samson, who has played for the Rajasthan Royals for all bar two seasons, is the team’s top run scorer in the IPL and was selected as captain in advance of the 2021 campaign. Under his leadership, Rajasthan came in second place in 2022.</p>
<p>But Sanju Samson has only been a ghost of the maverick he was in the IPL anytime he has exchanged the Rajasthan colors for the blue stripes of the Indian national cricket squad.</p>
<p>It took Samson eight long years to get his maiden international century—108 against South Africa in an ODI at Paarl on December 21, 2023—after making his debut for his country in a T20I against the same country back in 2015.</p>
<p>To be honest, Samson didn’t play for his country again until 2020, when he took part in a Twenty20 international match in Pune against Sri Lanka. He hasn’t yet earned his first Test cap and made his ODI debut in 2021.</p>
<p>Although ardent supporters of Sanju Samson could argue that the right-hander hasn’t had enough chances to establish himself internationally, it’s also true that the elegant right-hander hasn’t really lived up to his potential when it has.</p>
<p>Sanju Samson has only amassed 374 runs in 24 T20I appearances at an average of little under 20, which is undoubtedly a dismal performance given his exploits in the same style of cricket during the IPL.</p>
<p>The thing that worries me the most about Samson’s criticisms is that he often appears to get off to a strong start. However, the Kerala batsman has struggled to turn them into significant hits, particularly when against strong opposition.</p>
<p>Samson’s lone half-century in T20I cricket, a score of 77 against Ireland, is his greatest total. 40 is his second-highest score, and it was obtained in the same match.</p>
<p>On the other hand, Samson’s ODI record presents a different image. Even though he has only played in 16 50-over matches as of this writing, he has 510 runs at an average of 56.66. A player with an average of 50 or above is difficult to overlook when selecting any ODI squad, even if he has gone undefeated in five of the 14 innings in which he has batted.</p>
<p>But this is a new kind of difficulty for Samson. Samson, who is now 29 years old, will face players like Ishan Kishan, 25, and Rishabh Pant, 26, in his role as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Given their ages and established track records in international cricket, selectors will see both players as preferable long-term options when building a squad for the future.</p>
<p>If Sanju Samson is regarded as a specialist hitter for the team, his ideal spot is at number three, which is almost always held by Virat Kohli when he is well and not on a rest. Because of his aggressive play style, Samson can potentially play as a finisher, although Suryakumar Yadav and the quickly rising Rinku Singh are rivals for Samson’s spot in the starting lineup.</p>
<p>With Rishabh Pant expected to return after his tragic accident in 2022, Samson’s chances of keeping his spot on the national squad would be much more strained.</p>
<p>It’s difficult to say if Sanju Samson’s international career was a success or a failure. In summary, however, it’s been a tale of lost opportunities—many of them—and at a moment when the race to join the Indian men’s cricket team is as competitive as ever, it’s a luxury that no player, not even Sanju Samson of his caliber, can afford.</p>

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