After being dropped from the T20I series in New Zealand, for “strategic reasons”, as captain Hardik Pandya explained, Sanju Samson was chosen for the ODI series opener in Auckland on Friday. And despite, india losing seven wickets, Samson scored a decent shot and also sewed a 96-run stand with Shreyas Iyer. Yet he was dropped for the second match and former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer explained why blaming BCCI and the Indian team.
India dropped Samson to choose Deepak Hooda in one of two changes the team made for Game 2 to add bowling depth to the squad. The decision left fans miffed, but Jaffer felt it was a case of bad luck as India lacked versatile options.
Jaffer, taking to Twitter, then clarified that India does not have enough versatile options if they are not well managed, urging BCCI to be patient in managing these options. He also felt that with the advent of bowling machines and pitching specialists during practice sessions, there were fewer batters who could bowl.
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“Sanju was dropped when he was playing well because we don’t have enough all-rounders and part-time options. My two cents on why there is a shortage of all-rounders and part-timers . #NZvIND #SanjuSamson,” he tweeted.
“Lack of all-rounders: we don’t manage all the all-rounders well. Because there aren’t many, we’re quick to play them at the highest level, but after a few bad outings, they’re coming out as fast as they came in. Vijay Shankar, Venky lyer, Shivam Dube and Krunal Pandya some examples. Patience is required while they develop. Lack of part-time bowling options: With bowling machines and throwing specialists, batters stopped bowling into the net,” he explained.
Samson is lucky to be chosen for the third ODI which will be played next week.
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