Former Pakistani captain Salman Butt believes Sanju Samson needs to convert his batting debut if he is to earn a place in the Indian team’s star roster.
He believes that while the 27-year-old has the talent, he needs to find a way to maximize point production.
Speaking on his YouTube channel after India’s dominating 7-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the 3rd T20I on Sunday, Butt pointed out that Samson failed to score consistently at the top level.
“Sanju Samson had some wonderful shots in this game, but only managed 18 points. These scores are not enough. He has the talent, but the performance is lacking. He needs to work on the performance to be able to cement his place in the team at this level. There are a lot of players coming to the Indian team and he will have to be exceptional to make room for him.”
Samson was invited to open the final T20I against Sri Lanka in the absence of Ishan Kishan. The batter didn’t take the opportunity and was fired for 18 runs in the matchup.
He showed stunning form in the previous game, snapping 39 points on 25 deliveries. However, he couldn’t convert it into a big score and perished against Lahiru Kumara.
“It looks like Shreyas Iyer alone is enough for the Sri Lankan team” – Salman Butt
Butt added that India’s Shreyas Iyer alone was enough to dominate the struggling Sri Lankan side. The talented youngster snapped half centuries unbeaten in all three matches of the T20I series and established himself as the best player in the white-ball rubber.
“Sri Lanka just don’t seem to have enough power to compete with India. It seems like Shreyas Iyer alone is enough for the Sri Lankan team as they weren’t able to bring him out. He plays with a lot of confidence and control.”
Sri Lanka have a chance to redeem themselves by delivering an improved performance in the upcoming two-game Test series. The 1st Test is scheduled to start on March 4 at the Punjab Cricket Association’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.