Pant has been dropped from the team due to injuries and poor form (Photo: Twitter @RishabhPant17)

As the game progresses, a team starts hiring/giving chances to new young players. This plays a huge role in ensuring that the game progresses forward. It also promotes the sport in that country/region amongst the youth.

With this, comes an aspect that has negative impacts in the short term. When a team hires new young players, they don’t start performing from the get-go. Sometimes, it can take many matches and failures to get the correct form right. 

This puts up a huge task for team management, coaching staff, and captain. Only if they give youngsters time and nurture them with correct guidance, can they flourish.

One such example of this is one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sachin Tendulkar. Today, we know him as the magnanimous veteran Indian player. Only a few know his beginning. In his early days, he did not deliver in terms of statistics. There were better players than him in the selection process. However, then captain and BCCI showed their trust in the teenager, and the rest is history. 

Lack of opportunities for Sanju Samson?

Sanju Samson’s run with the Indian national cricket team has not been smooth sailing. On the other hand, there is Rishabh Pant. He is being backed as the successor to MS Dhoni across formats. However, complications stood in the path for Pant. 

Pant failed to grab his chances in white-ball cricket and suffered through injuries. KL Rahul went on to take up wicketkeeping duties and holds his position on the team. Many argue than Samson was not given enough chances and opportunities. 

According to Samson’s coach, Biju George, Pant was given more chances than his disciple since he was a left-handed batsman. This is not the first time this point has been brought up. Many people hold the same opinion. 

“If you ask me as a person who is close to Sanju, I would say he should have got more chances. But if you look at the Indian team’s point of view – why they are giving Rishabh Pant so many chances? First, he is a left-hander, obviously. Second, Indian team strategies. The chief selector should decide who is the best suitable to be in the team against an opposition – Pant or Sanju? I don’t think this is coming out deliberately not to give anybody a chance” states George.