Sanju Samson Ignore Sunil Gavaskar’s Advice: The former India fast bowler feels that both Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant were ahead of Sanju Samson in the race to be selected in the team and still are.
After Rajasthan Royals’ campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) ended, former Indian bowler S Sreesanth revealed what advice Sunil Gavaskar had given to team captain Sanju Samson during the tournament. Sreesanth, who played alongside Sanju Samson for Kerala, said that legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar advised Sanju Samson to wait at the crease during IPL 2023. However, Sanju Samson ignored his advice and continued to bat as before.
Sreesanth told Star Sports, ‘When Rajasthan Royals lost one of their last matches in the league stage, Gavaskar sir told Sanju to give yourself at least 10 balls, read the wicket. We know you have a lot of talent. Even if you could not score a single run in 12 balls, but you can score 50 runs in 25 balls.
Sreesanth told, ‘However, then Sanju said no, my style of play is like this. I could not digest this thing of his. The veteran bowler also said that he suggested Sanju Samson to continue playing first-class cricket and not focus only on IPL.
Sreesanth said, ‘I support Sanju. In the last 4-5 years when I see him as a cricketer, I have always told him to perform in first class cricket and not just in IPL. Perform consistently. Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant – both were ahead of him and still are. Pant is not there now, but he will be back. But the way Sanju got out in 2-3 straight matches in this IPL, he….
Sanju Samson scored 55 and 42 runs in the first two matches of IPL 2023 respectively, but was dismissed for consecutive zeroes in the next two outings. Sanju Samson, 28, scored 362 runs in 14 matches in IPL 2023.