Sanju Samson has a certain amount of talent of being a wicketkeeper and a batsman but his non-inclusion in the national team has been a question of many experts. The kind of cricket he plays is totally worthy of keeping in the national side but he fails to be adjudged as a regular by the side. With his fate, the last national side cricket he played was back in July 2015 against Zimbabwe that too T20I format. Since that game, he has failed to mark his presence at a higher level and has been sidelined totally.
It is difficult if you play for a state like Kerala where the wickets aren’t conducive for batting
He has been a frequent player for Kerala in the domestic matches and has scored pretty good runs but the national selectors have totally ignored his potential. However, the optimism that he holds, has made Samson see things in a different manner. According to him, a batsman should not be judged only by the number of runs he has scored but the type of conditions he has batted in should also be taken into consideration.
Kerala qualified for the semi-finals for the first time in the last season, however, he didn’t have a good season, he has score runs when his team needed his presence the most. In the total of 9 matches that he has played, the right-handed batsman has scored a total of 343 runs decorated with half centuries along with his personal highest of 91 runs. The player on the other hand has fallen down in the order and is not even a part of the India A team now.
You cannot judge a batsman from the number you read against his name on the scorecard
Talking about the same, he said that the number of runs the batsman has scored should not be the criteria of defining his performance. “You cannot judge a batsman from the number you read against his name on the scorecard. You have to understand the nature of the pitch first,” says Samson.
By pointing out this thing, he said that runs should not be the sole factor of defining the potential of a batsman or a cricketer. “It is difficult if you play for a state like Kerala where the wickets aren’t conducive for batting. Five-day matches get over in one-and-a-half days and a batsman scoring 50 is adjudged the Man of the Match,” he concluded.