'Gavaskar sir told him, give yourself 10 balls. But Sanju said...': Sreesanth | Crickit

'Gavaskar sir told him, give yourself at least 10 balls. But Sanju said...': Sreesanth's explosive revelation on Samson

May 26, 2023 02:16 PM IST

The former India bowler made a big revelation on Sanju Samson, following Rajasthan Royals' inconsistent IPL 2023 campaign.

The Rajasthan Royals failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2023 Indian Premier League, as they finished fifth in the table with 14 points to their name. The RR had reached the final of the season last year, but failed to replicate consistent performances in 2023 even after a strong start; the Royals had won four of their first six matches but faced four defeats in the next five, as their batting lineup had numerous disappointing outings.

Sanju Samson(PTI)
Sanju Samson(PTI)

RR's captain Sanju Samson's performances mirrored the side's outings as well; after registering scores of 55 and 42 in the first two matches, Samson was dismissed on consecutive ducks in the next two. Samson ended the season with with 362 runs to his name in 14 matches, and fans and former cricketers alike were disappointed with the captain's performances with the bat.

Now catch your favourite game on Crickit. Anytime Anywhere. Find out how

Also read: 'Even I have a good record in Chennai': Virender Sehwag blasts LSG over De Kock snub with 'Lucknow shot themselves' jibe

Sreesanth, the former India bowler who played with Samson for their state side Kerala, also revealed that India's batting great Sunil Gavaskar had advised the RR skipper to bide time at the crease during IPL 2023. Samson, however, stuck to his own batting style.

"I support Sanju because he played under my captaincy in U-14. In the past 4-5 years, when I see him as a cricketer, I've always told him to perform in first-class cricket, not just IPL. Produce consistent performances. Ishan Kishan, and Rishabh Pant -- both were and still are ahead of him. Pant is not there, but he will make a comeback. I met him recently, he firmly believes he can come back within 6-to-8 months.

“But in this IPL, the way Sanju got out in 2-3 matches straight... Gavaskar sir told him, 'give yourself at least 10 balls. Read the wicket. We know you have a lot of talent, even if you have 0 runs in 12 balls, you can score 50 in 25'. When RR lost in one of their last matches in the league phase, Sanju said, 'no, my style is to play like this only'. I couldn't digest that,” Sreesanth told Star Sports.

Sreesanth further advised Samson to make the most out of the opportunities and improve his “mindset” while playing in the IPL.

Get World Cup ready with Crickit! From live scores to match stats, catch all the action here. Explore now!

See more

Stay updated with the latest cricket news, T20 World Cup 2024 updates and match highlights. Explore the World Cup Schedule 2024, track the World Cup Points Table, follow Virat Kohli's performance, and stay ahead with the stats on World Cup Most Wickets and World Cup Most Runs on the Hindustan Times website and app.

Story Saved
Live Score
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, June 23, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On