India have so far failed to find a solution to their problem with the No.4 batting position in the limited-over formats. This problem has been going on for some time now and even the Men in Blue had to pay the price for not having found a solid batter at the crucial position during the ICC World Cup 2019.
After their loss in the semi-final where their batting order crumbled, India chose to change their batting coach Sanjay Bangar and replace him with former opener Vikram Rathour. The new coach has stressed on the problem and also forwarded a couple of names that he sees as a potential solution to the problem.
Harbhajan praises Samson as someone with good technique, head on shoulders
Meanwhile, senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has come up with his suggestion for the No.4 position and it is Kerala’s talented batsman Sanju Samson who also does wicket-keeping. In a tweet on Friday, the Turbanator asked why the 24-year-old Samson can’t be tried for the No.4 position in the limited-over formats. He also praised Samson saying the latter has good technique and a good head on his shoulders.
Harbhajan, who has 417 Test wickets, lauded Samson after he slammed 91 off 48 balls for India ‘A’ in the fifth and final unofficial ODI against South Africa ‘A’ at his home ground Thiruvananthapuram. The keeper-batsman added 135 runs in just 12.3 overs with regular India opener Shikhar Dhawan (51 off 36 balls) as India ‘A’ won the rain-affected game which was reduced to 20 overs by 36 runs and clinched the series 4-1. Samson was chosen as the man of the match.
Why not @IamSanjuSamson at number 4 in odi.. with good technique and good head on his shoulders.. well played today anyways against SA A
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 6, 2019
Samson, who has made a name of himself in the Indian Premier League, made his first-class debut in 2011 and so far has played in 53 first-class and 80 List A matches scoring nearly 5,000 runs (he averages 37 and 28 in the two formats, respectively). The 91 he scored against the Proteas colt is his highest score in List A games. Samson has also played in one international match which was a T20I against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2015. He scored 19 runs in that game.
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