During the India-New Zealand ODI series, there is constant discussion as to why Pant is getting selected despite his poor form and Samson is out even after performing well. Know its important reasons
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The Indian cricket team is currently playing a three ODI series against New Zealand. In the second ODI of this series sanju samson Questions are being raised for not getting a place in the playing eleven. At the same time, before this, he did not get a chance even in T20 World Cup 2022. Star wicket-keeper batsman Sanju has not been given as many opportunities by the selectors as Rishabh Pant has got. At first Sanju is not selected in the team, if he is taken in the team, then it becomes difficult to get a chance in the playing eleven. Instead of Sanju Samson, the coach and captain prefer Rishabh Pant.
The important thing is that Sanju Samson has performed amazingly in ODIs but despite this he has to sit out. Let us know about those reasons, due to which Pant gets preference over Samson.
Chance in limited over format because of test?
Rishabh Pant’s performance in the best format test of cricket has been amazing. This left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 2123 runs in 31 Tests on the basis of 5 centuries. In such a short time, Pant has scored centuries in Australia-England. Along with this, he has played such amazing innings in Test format which cannot be forgotten. Somewhere, Pant’s excellent performance in Test gives him maximum opportunities in ODI and T20 format.
Pant gets the advantage of being a left handed batsman
In the Indian batting order, most batsmen like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav bat with the right hand. In such a situation, the captain gives Rishabh Pant a chance in the playing XI to find the right team combination, who bats with the left hand, in which Sanju is seen to be left behind. The thinking of the team management is that when the left and right handed batsmen are at the crease, then the opposition bowlers may face difficulty in bowling.
Rishabh Pant made his debut in the Indian team in the year 2017. After this his image became that of an explosive batsman. Pant also proved this on the tour of Australia. He played an inning of 89 runs in the Gabba Test match against Australia and made Team India win the Test match on its own. After this he became a hero for Indian fans. He also scored a brilliant century in the ODI series on the tour of South Africa. Whatever opportunities Pant got in the beginning, he grabbed them with both hands. Whenever Team India got stuck in difficult situations, Pant came and batted in a rash manner. On the other hand, Sanju Samson made his debut for the Indian team in the year 2015, but due to his poor performance, he could not cement his place in Team India. He kept being in and out of the team.
Pant was considered the ‘X’ factor
No matter what the circumstances may have been? Rishabh Pant did not compromise with his aggressive batting. He has been famous for explosive batting as soon as he comes to the crease. The coach and captain have been impressed by his stormy batting. He has always been considered the X factor of Team India. Often the opposing teams do special planning for him because if Pant stays at the crease, he gets the opponent out of the match.
Pant’s wicketkeeping skills better
Rishabh Pant Not the best wicketkeeper in the world, but he has improved tremendously in this art. Often, whenever Pant was given a chance in place of Wriddhiman Saha, questions were raised on the wicketkeeping of this left-handed batsman. But after this, Pant worked hard on wicketkeeping and if compared to Sanju Samson, he is a better wicketkeeper.