Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant. (Source: Twitter)

The absence of MS Dhoni from the cricket field has created an opportunity for youngsters like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson to cement their place as the wicket-keeper batsman.

While Pant has been given a lot of chances and the left-handed batsman has failed to prove his worth, Samson on the other side hasn’t been given many opportunities.

Moreover, KL Rahul’s performance both with the bat and behind the wickets has created more competition for the slot.

Samson’s coach Biju George has explained why Pant is given more preference than Samson in the Indian setup.

“I would say he should have got more chances. But if you look at the Indian team’s point of view – why they are giving Rishabh Pant so many chances? He is a left-hander, ,” George told Times of India.

The aggressive left-handed batsman has played 13 Tests for India and has scored 814 runs at an average of 38.8, 16 ODIs scoring 374 runs and 28 T20Is where he has got 410 runs.

Samson on the other hand has just played four T20Is for India where has scored 35 runs at a strike-rate of 97.2.


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