The 44-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has said that star wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson “is slightly behind in the race” for a spot in the ICC Men’s T20 World 2022 squad. He added that the biggest problem with the batter is that his best has come in the top 3 and Team India have already got many top-order batting options in the squad.
The Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson performed very well for Team India in the limited opportunities he got this year. However, he failed to book a spot in India’s Asia Cup 2022 squad.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra talked about Indian middle-order batters’ case for a spot in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad. While talking about Sanju, he said:
“Sanju Samson – he has a lot of followers, even overseas, and they are very active on the internet. I feel Sanju Samson is slightly behind in the race. He has played six matches since the World Cup, has an average of 44 along with a strike rate of 158. He has got few chances but he has made the best out of them.
“IPL numbers are again not bad. 458 matches in 17 matches at an average of 28, which is slightly low because he bats up the order, but he has a good strike rate of 147. But the problem with Sanju is that all these numbers have come in the top three.”
He brings two skills, can bat at different numbers – Aakash Chopra on Deepak Hooda
While talking about Deepak Hooda, Chopra said that the batter is capable of batting at different numbers and he brings two skills with him. Former India opener added that Hooda will definitely be a part of India’s World Cup squad. He elaborated:
“Deepak Hooda made his T20I debut in February 2022. 274 runs in seven innings at an average of 54 and a strike rate of 161. Hooda the hurricane, this boy is running ahead, this boy is not going to stop because he is definitely going.
“He brings two skills, can bat at different numbers. He even scored a century but the way he has batted is refreshing. The guy does not get scared and takes chances, he plays for the team. IPL 2022 was beautiful, he was phenomenal. He was made to bat up and down the order but he has delivered every single time.”
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