Cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has raised his concerns regarding Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson’s first-class record comparing them with the likes of Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill. While Gill (73.55) and Agarwal (48.06) have staggering batting averages in first-class cricket, Sanju Samson’s average of 37.64 stands below par.
After having scored 74 and 85 in the first couple of games in IPL 2020, with both games played in Sharjah, Samson succeeded them with scores of 8, 4 and 0 in the last three games. Rajasthan Royals, who won gloriously in Sharjah, lost three games in a row following that.
“No matter what the format, I make it a point to look at a player’s FC record to get a general idea about the player. Something about Samson that’s always bothered me..his FC average is 37. In comparison, Mayank is 57 & Gill in his 21 matches a staggering 73”: Manjrekar wrote on his Twitter.
Former India cricketer Dodda Ganesh, replying to Manjrekar’s tweet, pointed out that Sanju Samson’s average is still below par despite the fact that the Kerala batsman played most of his first class games in the plate group, with less competition.
“And Samson has played most of his cricket in the plate group”: Dodda Ganesh replied.
Rajasthan Royals, who are now placed at 7 in points table, will next play Delhi Capitals on October 9 at the Sharjah Cricket Ground.