Sanju Samson needs to replace SKY in ODIs: Wasim Jaffer

Kamran Akmal

Wasim Jaffer, a former Indian opener, has expressed his support for Sanju Samson to replace Suryakumar Yadav in India’s playing eleven leading up to the 2023 World Cup. Jaffer’s statement followed Suryakumar’s third consecutive dismissal for a golden duck in the series against Australia on Wednesday.

Mitchell Starc had dismissed Suryakumar Yadav on the first ball of his innings in the first two matches of the series held in Mumbai and Visakhapatnam. In the third and final match, left-arm spinner Ashton Agar also got the better of the right-handed batter, dismissing him for a golden duck.

Jaffer expressed his empathy towards Suryakumar but urged the team management to consider Sanju Samson as an alternative. The injury to Shreyas Iyer has created an opening in the middle-order position. Experts have been showing their support for Sanju for a long time now.


“I would probably sympathise with him. It doesn’t happen with probably a number eleven batter. It’s one of those things that you get out for a golden duck three times in a row. It probably would never happen to him again, hopefully. It’s just a bad luck to him. But I think India need to look somewhere else,”

Jaffer said.

“Even though he is a quality player, he would come out pretty good as the IPL will start and he will be in his element. But India needs to look at Sanju Samson or somewhere else and still stick with Surya because he is a quality player.”If he comes good, we all know he is a quality player and so you just don’t need to keep him aside. If IPL goes well, we will be tempted to play him again but India need to look at Sanju Samson as well,”

Jaffer further added.

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