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“Wasting Opportunities”: Sanju Samson Trolled On Twitter For Underperforming Less Than 2 Months Before ODI World Cup

Dixit Bhargav

"Wasting Opportunities": Sanju Samson Trolled On Twitter For Underperforming Less Than 2 Months Before ODI World Cup

India wicket-keeper batter Sanju Samson (13) is facing the brunt of severe criticism on social media platform Twitter on the back of failing in the ongoing fourth T20I against West Indies in Lauderhill. A batter who is being looked upon as a potential middle-order batter in the Indian ODI squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Samson failing for the third time in the series less than two months before the tournament is concerning.

With his spot in the ODI squad not guaranteed at the moment, Samson is hurting his own chances due to inconsistent performances in white-ball formats. Not that he has looked out of form but anyone in his position can’t afford to return with three failures in a row.

Samson, who had scored an eye-catching third ODI half-century in the final ODI in Tarouba less than two weeks ago, has scored just 32 runs at an average and strike rate of 10.66 and 114.28 respectively in the T20I series.

Sanju Samson Trolled On Twitter For Underperforming Less Than 2 Months Before ODI World Cup

In spite of captain Hardik Pandya (13) sacrificing the No. 5 spot for Samson in his last two innings, the latter not being able to leave a mark has already started to test fans’ patience. “Wasting opportunities” has emerged as a common remark for Samson’s observers of late.

Samson, who hit a couple of boundaries during the course of his nine-ball stay at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground today, once again played an ordinary shot to gift his wicket to the opposition.

It all happened right after the halfway mark when Samson was looking at guiding a Romario Shepherd (4/31) delivery towards the third-man region. In the process, all the right-handed batter did was edge it to former West Indian captain Nicholas Pooran behind the stumps.

Should T20I Performances Be Counted For ODI Selection?

In an ideal and format-specific world, no. That being said, neither are we living in an ideal world nor do the Indian selectors care much about differentiating between different formats.

Samson, 28, has had contrary trajectories across 12 ODI and 19 T20I innings thus far. While he averages and strikes at 55.71 and 104 respectively in ODIs, a T20I average of 18.50 and strike rate of 131.62 don’t so justice to his potential.

With Samson not being a sure-starter in the national squad despite playing international cricket for over eight years now, his frequent failures in the public eye will only initiate the fault-finding process.

In a perfect world, Samson should’ve been creating impact with his attacking display of batting on a consistent basis to present his case in the best possible manner. As much as it is true that Samson’s chances at the highest level have been sporadic, he isn’t doing timing a favour by not clicking before a continental and a world event. Notwithstanding different formats, him misfiring now will gravely affect his chances chiefly due to how recency bias works.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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