A former batsman of Indian National Cricket Team Sanjay Manjrekar believes the coming season will be extremely crucial for Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. With India hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup, these two can make the most of the time and eye for the mega-show.
Pant and Samson eyeing to cement place in the Indian National cricket team
Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson are the two young keeper-batsmen who are still eyeing to cement place in the Indian National cricket team. Both have been there for quite sometime now but yet to make a mark. While speaking about both, Manjrekar said, “People like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, for me as an analyst watching the players and trying to make an assessment, sometimes predictions go right or wrong, they are both slightly enigmatic for me.”
Sanjay Manjrekar on the show Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports further continued, “Rishabh Pant, definitely there is something there. There is an X-factor and he will suddenly win you games in 10 minutes, that you thought you were losing. Sanju Samson as well, the kind of batting that he has got when he is on song, he just takes your breath away.”
IPL 2020 could be big for two
Rishabh Pant at the age of 21 has been given a number of chances in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni but he has failed to keep his place. While Indian National cricket team is set with Wriddhiman Saha in the Test, the role has been given to KL Rahul since January in limited-overs who has been doing justice to the same. Sanju Samson on the other hand was taken into the squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka at the beginning of the year and then he went to New Zealand. But he could not showcase his mettle in those limited opportunities.
Sanjay Manjrekar believes that upcoming season and especially this IPL could be big for these two. “Talent is there, class is there, potential is there but finally I am going to look at Sanju Samson’s performances and Rishabh Pant’s numbers as well to make a judgement on them.” He added, “So, it is another big IPL and all everyone wants from them is consistency. It can’t be one good innings and then 3-4 failures where it seems that you have just thrown it away.”