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Dav Whatmore believes Sanju Samson is yet to realise his full potential

He was all praise of the fast bowler Basil Thampi.

Dave Whatmore
Dave Whatmore  (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Australian cricketer Dav Whatmore has heaped praises on the young Indian duo of Sanju Samson and Basil Thampi. He is currently the coach of Kerala side which impressed everyone in the Ranji season when they qualified for the quarterfinal for the first time ever in the history of their cricket. Samson and Thampi were at the centre stage of their performance. However, Whatmore feels that the wicketkeeper-batsman is yet to realise his full potential and when he does that, the world will see the best of him.

Whatmore did wonders to the team soon after joining them this season and the team will only improve in the near future under him. He has the knack of getting the best out of the underachieving teams. He did it with Sri Lanka guiding them to their first ever World Cup triumph in 1996 and then with Bangladesh who look more than competitive now. Though he couldn’t replicate the same with Kerala Whatmore changed the complexion of the team completely.

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Thampi can become good bowler across formats

Dav Whatmore was instrumental in the success of Kerala this season and is happy about the fact that two of the bright stars of the team are under the radar for the national side. But he feels that Sanju Samson is not at his best and will be one of the players to watch out for in the future. “I think Sanju hasn’t realised his full potential yet. He is a wonderful talent and we are only going to see the best of him in the years to come,” he said while speaking to Times of India.

The 63-year-old was also happy about the progress of Basil Thampi and went on to say that he has the ability to become good bowler across all the formats. “Right now, I think the national selectors are looking at Basil as a bowler for T2O’s which I think is right at the present moment. But I think he has all the right attributes to become a very good bowler across formats,” he concluded.

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