Sanju Samson has become lot more consistent and mature: Deep Dasgupta

Samson has made sure that Buttler is not under pressure, Dasgupta added.

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Sanju Samson. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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Sanju Samson has been one of the cleanest hitters in white-ball cricket. After emerging as the leading run-scorer for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in IPL 2021, he was retained by the franchise for 2022. Although Samson has garnered 421 runs in 15 innings, he has been criticized for not converting his starts into big scores. In the latest interaction, the former Indian cricketers Deep Dasgupta and Wasim Jaffer shared their views on Samson’s form.

Dasgupta reckoned that the RR captain has become more consistent and mature in the last two seasons of the tournament. He hailed Samson’s innings of 47 off 26 balls against Gujarat Titans (GT) in the Qualifier 1 and thinks it provided strong support to Jos Buttler, who finished the innings for the team in the death overs. He added that throughout the season, the 27-year-old has taken the responsibility and done well for the Royals.

“I think he has put teams ahead of him at times in this season. For the last two seasons, Sanju has become a lot more consistent and mature in his approach. His innings helped someone like Jos Buttler be allowed to play in fine fashion. If Buttler is playing the way he has, someone has to take the responsibility and Sanju has done well in that regard this season. I will not criticize Sanju for not scoring big runs, as he has made sure that Buttler is not under pressure,” said Dasgupta on presents ‘Not Just Cricket’ Show on CricTracker.

Sanju Samson surely has played impactful knocks: Wasim Jaffer

Jaffer opined that the average is over-rated, and the strike rate should be crucial for judging the player’s performances. He added that Samson has done well in terms of playing out the bulk of the overs to help the team in posting a good total on the board. However, the former batter reckoned that if the RR captain had stayed at the crease in the Qualifier 1, it would have helped the team to win the match.

“Average is over-rated in T20s, that strike rate is crucial, and how much impact you can put. If you are batting at number three or four, I keep saying if they can bat 14-15 overs, you are through, and then the next batters can damage the opposition, and Samson has done that. However, if he had batted for three or more overs against Titans, he would have scored a 70-odd, but he surely has played impactful knocks,” said Jaffer.