The Rishabh Pant vs Sanju Samson debate
Danish Kaneria said India should go ahead with Rishabh Pant and not Sanju Samson in the third and final ODI against New Zealand.

The Rishabh Pant vs Sanju Samson debate continues to divide the opinions. While Pant has been exceptional in Test cricket, his white-ball career has not been remarkable despite playing a lot of games.

Pant has 1842 runs from 95 matches, with eight fifties and a century in limited-overs cricket.

On the other hand, Samson has played 27 games, accumulating 626 runs, but his average in ODIs is impressive. He has scored his runs at an average of 66 compared to Pan’t 35.

Sanju is often out of the team, with Pant getting ahead of him. Samson played the first ODI against New Zealand but was dropped from the second contest to include Deepak Hooda.

Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull feels the right-handed wicketkeeper deserves a longer run.

“Rishabh Pant has played 30 games and averages only 35. But Sanju averages 60-something in 11 games. He is also a good wicket-keeper and deserves more chances,” Doull said on Cricbuzz.

“The Rishabh Pant vs Sanju Samson debate is an interesting one. Pant is an unbelievable Test player but hasn’t done well in shorter formats. I am not convinced with his white-ball skills,” he added.

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