Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India management is being criticised to play Sanju Samson in lower middle order in T20Is despite the  fact that the wicketkeeper-batsman is comfortable playing in the top three in the format.

Responding to the development, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin pointed out that while there are exciting options like Jitesh Sharma and Rinku Singh to choose from for the role of ODI finisher, Samson could be getting the nod ahead of them.

“Jitesh is a right-hander and Rinku is a left-hander. Both Jitesh Sharma and Rinku Singh are the ones who could fit in the number five and six roles. However, I feel Sanju Samson will get the nod as the keeper ahead of Jitesh Sharma. The series is an extraordinary chance to play Sanju as a keeper and make him bat at number three. He will surely bat at number three or four,” said Ashwin in his official YouTube channel.

Notably, Samson has scored just 334 runs in 23 matches at a strike rate of 131.49 and average of 18.55 in his T20Is career so far.