Shaun Pollock says ”He is their senior statesman and needs to make those contributions count” in IPL 2021. Shaun Pollock has suggested that being a senior statesman in the Rajasthan Royals setup. Also, captain Sanju Samson needs to make his contributions count. Samson got off to a poor start to the IPL 2021. He managed a 5-ball knock of just 4 runs. Against the Punjab Kings before he nicked a delivery to KL Rahul.
“He is class, the one innings at the start of this IPL was fantastic. And they definitely need more from him, particularly missing some of their key players. He is their senior statesman and needs to make those contributions count,” Pollock said.
Samson started off the season with a brilliant century. Against the Punjab Kings in an eventual match-losing cause. However, he has since failed to cross the 50-run mark. He has registered a few 40s but has failed to convert them into big scores. In 8 innings, the Kerala cricketer has managed 281 runs. At an average of 40.14 and a strike rate of 144.10.
Samson over the years has been his preference to play high-risk shots. During the initial phase of his innings. Pollock believes that if Samson can cut down on the risk shot percentage. It will help him bring some consistency into his game.
“I think sometimes he is a guy who takes on 80% risk, if he can just restrict it, saying, ‘I’ll take on a 50% risk shot rather than the 80% one, he’s got a chance If coming off. Let’s hope that is something he has learned,” Pollock said.
Lastly, he signed off by stating that the break Sanju got due to the abandonment of the IPL back in May. Also, came at a good time for him as it would have helped him reassess things.