The Indian wicketkeeper batter Sanju Samson hasn’t set the stage alight in the Team India jersey during the tour of West Indies. In the ongoing T20I matches against the Men in Maroon, the 28-year-old has put together only 19 runs in two innings, which is far from ideal for Team India, who are down 0-2 in the five-match series.
Notably, during the ODI series on the Caribbean tour, Sanju Samson did play an enterprising innings of 51 in the third match, after scoring just nine runs in the innings prior. Also, he achieved his fifty when Team India already were on their way to notching up a 350-plus total.
During his career, the right-handed batter has gotten a lot of opportunities to make a big mark on the Indian team, especially in the T20I format, but he hasn’t been able to achieve top results. This has meant that many other players vying for a place in the national setup, have to wait for a chance to showcase their true potential in the Indian colours.
With that, SportsTiger looks at three Indian players who haven’t got as many opportunities as Sanju Samson:
1. Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi, who made his international debut in the T20I format against Sri Lanka this January, has played only five matches for Team India since then. In his limited opportunities at the top level, the 32-year-old was able to amass just 97 runs, but at an impressive strike-rate in the 140s.
The Ranchi-born cricketer has already proven his credentials at the IPL many times, since making his debut for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017. In his six-year career at the franchise level, Rahul Tripathi has scored 2071 runs in 87 matches at the strike of nearly 140, with 11 half centuries.