‘He hasn’t done justice to his talent’: Kaif wants India star to finish games | Cricket

T20 is an instinctive format and despite its meteoric rise, only a few batters fit perfectly, thanks to their ability to switch gears even without wild slog or cranky blows. Sanju Samson belongs to a rare breed of players who make batting look like poetry in motion. It was during Qualifier-1 of the recently concluded IPL when Samson hit an effortless six on the very first delivery he got. The hit was tinged with his trademark batting elegance as he refused to take any chances, especially when his consistency was a key talking point after India announced their squad for South Africa Twenty20s.

Simson’s failure to make the home assignment sparked new debate over his future with the Indian team. Skipper Rohit Sharma underlined Samson’s abilities with the bat earlier this year and said the wicketkeeper batter will be taken into consideration when selecting the T20 World Cup squad. But with plenty of alternatives available, has Samson fallen off the team management radar?

Former batter from India Mohammed Kaif thinks Samson has impressive skills but needs to finish the games. Kaif said the current Royals skipper should follow the order, which could help him thrive in the future.

“Samson has not done justice to the amount of talent he has. He plays well in the IPL and gets good starts. But despite that X factor, he is not consistent. He can win the game for India on his day. But I have feeling that Samson can hit a little lower My suggestion to Samson would be that he should finish the games I remember his one innings against Delhi Capitals where (Jos) Buttler got a century Samson got four-five overs and was quick…fire 46,” said Kaif in a virtual interaction hosted by Sony Sports

In 17 games for the Royals this year, Samson amassed 458 runs with an impressive 146.79 success rate. The Kerala player will then be seen in action on the Ireland tour, where India will play two Twenty20s in Malahide on June 26 and 28.

“Samson should come down in the future and finish the game for India and Rajasthan. He’s got the talent and the skill, but hasn’t done justice. He’s been given the chance to play for India, but hasn’t had it with grabbed both hands.” Maybe he’ll do that now if he gets the chance.”


Kaif praised Rishabh Pant and predicted that he will soon find his lost mojo. In his first-ever stint as India captain, Pant had only 58 runs in the five innings, even leading to questions about his place in the shortest format. But Kaif believes that Pant is very much in the schedule.

Kaif, who also served as an assistant coach at Delhi Capitals, backed Pant ahead of the upcoming T20 spectacle but said the upcoming England series will be “crucial” for the 24-year-old stumper, who has been criticized for poor selection from the squad. shots.

“He will be in the roster. But the England tour will be crucial as an individual, you want to get back in shape sooner or later because there are very crucial months coming up, like the World Cup in October and you want to see Pant shoot and playing at its best,” said Kaif.

“Pant has done a great job for India. At the moment his form is probably not the best. He has the X factor and the ability to do well for India. He has already done that in his small career in India.”

“He’s still learning and he’s 24. He’s got a long, long way to go, something Dravid said, as you want players with character and skills who can win the game for India. Pant has that for India the faith, trust and support of management,” he added.

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