‘Sanju Samson Shouldn’t Be Included In India’s Playing 11’: Saba Karim

Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim has raised his concern about the future of young Indian wicket-keeper batter Sanju Samson. Samson is currently holding the captaincy of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League but as a batter, he is not performing according to his potential. Karim has said that Samson needs to improve his game a lot to be getting picked for the Indian playing XI.

Saba Karim has recently picked his preferred team for the 2023 ODI World Cup happening in India. He has said that if Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul are fit, they must take the number 4th and 5th position in the batting lineup. He has picked Suryakumar Yadav as his fixed middle-order batter. Surprisingly, the former cricketer has not given preference to Sanju Samson in his squad.

While having a conversation with News24 Sports, when Karim was asked about the possibility and the future of Sanju Samson for the 2023 ODI World Cup, Karim gave a satisfying answer after analyzing the performance of the wicketkeeper. He has said that Sanju has failed to score continuous runs with his bat and he is not as consistent as the batter like Yashavi Jaiswal and Tilak Varma.

Karim said, “Since you don’t have players currently, I want Sanju Samson to be in the XI, he should play and perform regularly so that he challenges the players currently in the team. Sanju Samson, unfortunately, is unable to do that.”

He further stated, “If you see in the IPL as well, he performed well sporadically. I want to see the same regularity in Sanju Samson’s batting that Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Varma have shown this year. That is still missing.”

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“I have a lot of expectations from Samson because he has the skill but unfortunately the consistency that should be there is missing at times and because of that only I feel he has not secured his place in the Indian team.”

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