The 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin from September 19 and fans are eagerly waiting for their favourite players to get back in action. While everyone are eyeing to see how MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma performs in the IPL 2020, Sanjay Manjrekar believes the upcoming season will be important for two other cricketers – Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson.
Both the youngsters are in the race of wicketkeeper’s spot in India’s limited-overs set-up. While Pant has already experienced of playing, Samson’s fight wouldn’t be easy either. And the T20 World Cup in 2021 will be played in India, Manjrekar feels the time is ideal for both of them to give their best and sealed their place.
“People like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, for me as an analyst watching the players and trying to make an assessment, sometimes predictions go right or wrong, they are both slightly enigmatic for me,” Manjrekar said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
He further added, “Rishabh Pant, definitely there is something there. There is an X-factor and he will suddenly win you games in 10 minutes, that you thought you were losing. Sanju Samson as well, the kind of batting that he has got when he is on song, he just takes your breath away.”
However, Rishabh Pant has struggled in recent times both with bat and the keeping gloves. While KL Rahul has replaced him in the limited-overs, Wriddhiman Saha replaced him in the Tests.
On the other hand, Sanju Samson, who was added into the Indian team for the T20I series against Sri Lanka in January this year, scored 6 in the final game. He again failed to score big as he scored 8 and 2 in the fourth and fifth matches against New Zealand earlier this year.
“But finally, consistency and generally winning performances is important, there is so much cricket happening and people clamouring for a batting position. Talent is there, class is there, potential is there but finally I am going to look at Sanju Samson’s performances and Rishabh Pant’s numbers as well to make a judgement on them,” Manjrekar said.
“So, it is another big IPL and all everyone wants from them is consistency. It can’t be one good innings and then 3-4 failures where it seems that you have just thrown it away,” he concluded.