Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson had a rollicking start to the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. But his form has witnessed ever since Rajasthan started playing outside Sharjah. In the wake of it, former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has pointed out some alarming facts.

The wicket-keeper batsman from Kerala began the tournament with two knocks of 74 and 85 against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab respectively. However, it has gone down ever since. Sanju Samson registered scores of 8, 4 and 0 in the last three outings.

Meanwhile, this has been the story of Samson in the last few IPL seasons. His most runs have come in the first half of the tournament while Sanju Samson has struggled as the tournament has progressed. He has once again being exposed to short balls with out of the last three deliveries coming from short-pitch deliveries.

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Sanjay Manjrekar points stats of Sanju Samson’ career

Speaking in the wake of it, Sanju Samson has pointed out one alarming fact that Sanju Samson’s first-class record of average 37 is not heavy as compared to his contemporaries. Incidentally, the likes of Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal have an average of 73 and 57 respectively.

“No matter what the format, I make it a point to look at a player’s FC record to get a general idea about the player. Something about Samson that’s always bothered me..his FC average is 37. In comparison, Mayank is 57 & Gill in his 21 matches a staggering 73,” wrote Sanjay Manjrekar.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have also struggled in the last few games along with Sanju Samson woeful form. The wicket-keeper batsman, who is contention for Team India spot after MS Dhoni’s retirement, will have to pull up the socks to be in the good books of the national selectors.

Rajasthan Royals next face Delhi Capitals on October 9 (Friday), who has looked thorough so far in IPL 2020.