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The Biggest Reason Why Sanju Samson Is Not Yet A Big Star

Sanju Samson is one of the most talented young cricketers in India and there is a section of fans that keep asking “Why Sanju Samson is not picked to play for India?”

This is a very important question because when Samson is in form, he looks like the most elegant batsman in the world. He has the ability to smash monstrous sixes with utmost and he can make batting look ridiculously easy. And that is when the Indian cricket fans get edgy and push the selectors to include him in the squad.

But, over the years, we have seen that Sanju Samson lacks consistency and he has the habit of turning extremely hot and extremely cold in a matter of a few games. He hasn’t been able to keep his run-scoring form going throughout the tournament.

Let’s have a look at his numbers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years:

Samson – Year-wise in Indian T20 League
Year Matches Runs Ave SR 100s 50s
2020 9* 236 26.22 160.54 0 2
2019 12 342 34.2 148.69 1 0
2018 15 441 31.5 137.81 0 3
2017 14 386 27.57 141.39 1 2
2016 14 291 26.45 112.35 0 1
2015 14 204 20.4 125.15 0 1
2014 13 339 26.07 124.17 0 2
2013 11 206 25.75 115.73 0 1

Note: Stats updated till 17th October 2020

You can see that he has not been able to convert his good numbers into very good numbers. He starts the tournament with a bang but as it progresses, he loses form and falls apart. And this frustrating trend in Sanju Samson is the biggest reason that prevents him from earning more game time with the national team.

Former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out Samson’s First Class number and those numbers also highlight his lack of consistency with the bat.

“No matter what the format, I make it a point to look at a player’s FC record to get a general idea about the player. Something about Samson that’s always bothered me..his FC average is 37. In comparison, Mayank is 57 & Gill in his 21 matches a staggering 73,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted. 

But, Sanju Samson is still very young and he has a lot of time to work on his game and score runs consistently for his state and IPL franchise, and put pressure on the selectors to pick him. His inconsistency and hot-and-cold form have let him down and made it tough for him to get a place in the Indian cricket team.

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