Despite missing out on the chance to etch a clean sweep, the Indian camp finished the white-ball series on a positive note, gaining much confidence ahead of the last leg of the series involving the much-anticipated red-ball tour, scheduled to start from December 17th at Adelaide.
However, it was Sanju Samson’s uninspiring batting show which was a major concern for Chopra. The Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman won’t get too many opportunities, according to the former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman. Samson also had a forgetful stint in the recent IPL edition, where he failed to maintain consistency after scoring in initial games.
In 14 games for Rajasthan Royals, the right-hander scored 375 runs including three half-centuries. In three T20I games against the Aussies, Samson’s scores were — 23, 15, 10. Apart from Samson, Shreyas Iyer also had a humdrum T20I series where he scored just 12 runs in two games.
“It will be an issue for Sanju Samson because we have already discussed that he will not get too many opportunities. Everyone is not given the same number of chances, that is the truth of life.
“So, if someone knows that he will be getting a few opportunities, then he needs to make the best use of those chances. So, he will be a little disappointed with the way things went for him personally with the bat,” said Chopra on his YouTube channel.
About Iyer’s below-par show with the bat, Chopra said, “It has been a disappointing tour for Shreyas Iyer as well. He didn’t play all the three T20Is, but in the two he played, one knock was good but got out for a duck this time. If you see the ODIs as well, it was not very good.”