Pragyan Ojha, former Indian spinner made an eye catching comparison between a few Indian cricketers and sim cards. As wired as it sounds, his comparison does sound spot on and makes sense to say the least. He was explaining the current situation of a few young cricketers and came up with terms to describe them. these terms include “pre-paid sim cards” and post-paid sim cards. He made this observation while speaking about Sanju Samson’s form in IPL-2021. The Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain failed to take his team over the line, despite scoring a sensational 119 in his last game, departing for just four against the Delhi Capitals.


“When you talk about Sanju Samson, there is one thing. When he came into this side, there was no Rishabh Pant, there was no Ishan Kishan. Quite a few youngsters are like pre-paid sim cards. They have to be renewed in the given time, otherwise the sims are dead. All these youngsters should understand they are not post-paid sim cards. They are pre-paid sim cards; to become postpaid, they have to perform consistently,” Ojha said this while speaking to Sports Today after RR beat DC by three wickets. He was urging all the youngsters like Samson to display more consistency with their performances. If one takes a closer look at things, Ojha does have a point. Samson made his debut in 2015 and still hasn’t fixed a spot in the Indian team. He was recently given a chance but still failed to make any impact. Time might just he running out for Samson as there a lot of options for India right now. His tendency to look good but give it away resulted in India trying out other options such as KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan. An important point to be noted is that Rahul, Pant and Kishan made full use of their opportunities and have seemed to impress the Indian selectors. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant have had a good start to their IPL-2021 campaign, preety much like Sanju Samson.


Pragyan Ojha felt that the youngsters and the new players need to turn themselves from ‘pre-paid sim cards’ to ‘post-paid’ sim cards to cement their places in the team. He compared the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to post-paid sim cards. “In this present Indian team, consider this interesting story: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are like post-paid sim cards. They can push themselves for a bit more time without paying the bills,” Pragyan Ojha said. While Sanju Samson started the ongoing IPL-2021 with a bang, he had a failure in the second game. It is very important for Samson to be consistent throughout the season and ensures a successful IPL-2021.

By Arvind Krishnan

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