Despite a superb show against the Proteas with the bat, Sanju Samson’s lack of experience playing against top international teams is evident, highlighted Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, the Pakistani wicketkeeper pointed out how the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman took a lot of time to get going in India’s ODI series opener against South Africa. He opined that the right-handed batter didn’t show enough intent early on.
Sanju Samson needs to be more attacking, reckons Kamran Akmal
He added that while Samson scored big runs in the clash, he should have played with a better strike rate, considering it was a 40-over encounter. Akmal suggested the Men in Blue would have clinched the contest if Samson had undertaken an attacking approach right from the start.
Akmal explained, “Sanju Samson took his time initially. It would have been a different story if he had attacked right from the start. He did score 86 runs in the match, but there was a lack of intent in the first 30-35 balls that he faced. He lacks experience when it comes to playing against a big team.”
Kamran Akmal heaps plaudits on Shreyas Iyer’s mature knock
Kamran Akmal lauded India’s Shreyas Iyer for his deft knock against the Proteas and highlighted how the batter accumulated crucial runs at a steady and brisk pace.
Akmal reckoned that the hosts would have had a significant chance of registering a victory if Shreyas Iyer had been at the crease for a longer period of time.
Akmal added, “Shreyas Iyer showed how an experienced batter would play in such crucial situations, scoring quick runs and generating momentum. He did a fine job. If he hadn’t got out, India could have gone on to win the match.”