The Numbers Game (T20Is): Rishabh Pant vs Sanju Samson vs Ishan Kishan

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  • Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan are strong contenders of sealing the wicketkeeper spot for Team India.

  • The next edition of the T20 World Cup will take place in 2024.

The Numbers Game (T20Is): Rishabh Pant vs Sanju Samson vs Ishan Kishan
Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (Image Source: Twitter)
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Ever since former skipper MS Dhoni bid farewell to international cricket, the wicketkeeper position in Team India hasn’t been fixed, especially in the limited-overs format. Not long ago, Rishabh Pant was India’s preferred choice, but his poor form has opened the gates for other contenders, such as veteran Dinesh Karthik and explosive batters Sanju Samson & Ishan Kishan.

Karthik was given enough chances in the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2022, but he was unable to leave his impact like he does in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In all probability, Karthik won’t be part of the Indian team during the 2024 T20 World Cup, so the competition for the wicketkeeper-role now is among the other three – Pant, Samson and Kishan. While Kishan has got the least opportunities, Pant and Samson have been around the side for a while now. On that note, let’s have a comparison among the three players with their respective numbers in the shortest format of the game.

Last 10 T20I innings:

Rishabh Pant:

  • Semi-Final 2 Vs ENG 6 (4)
  • Match 42 Vs ZIM 3 (5)
  • 3rd T20I Vs SA 27 (14)
  • 2nd T20I Vs SA 0 (0)
  • 1st T20I Vs SAF 0 (0)
  • 2nd T20I Vs AUS 0 (0)
  • Super Four Match 5 Vs AFG 20 (16)
  • Super Four Match 3 Vs SL 17 (13)
  • Super Four Match 2 Vs PAK 14 (12)
  • Match 4 Vs HKO 0 (0)

Sanju Samson:

  • 5th T20I Vs WI 15 (11)
  • 4th T20I Vs WI 30 (23)
  • 2nd T20I Vs IRE 77 (42)
  • 3rd T20I Vs SL 18 (12)
  • 2nd T20I Vs SL 39 (25)
  • 1st T20I Vs SL 0 (0)
  • 3rd T20I Vs SL 0 (3)
  • 2nd T20I Vs SL 7 (13)
  • 1st T20I Vs SL 27 (20)
  • 3rd T20I Vs AUS 10 (9)

Ishan Kishan:

  • 5th T20I Vs WI 11 (13)
  • 1st T20I Vs ENG 8 (10)
  • 2nd T20I Vs IRE 3 (5)
  • 1st T20I Vs IRE 26 (11)
  • 5th T20I Vs SA 15 (7)
  • 4th T20I Vs SA 27 (26)
  • 3rd T20I Vs SA 54 (35)
  • 2nd T20I Vs SA 34 (21)
  • 1st T20I Vs SA 76 (48)
  • 2nd T20I Vs SL 16 (15)

Total number of matches:

  • Pant: 64
  • Samson: 16
  • Kishan: 19

Runs, Average and Strike rate:

  • Pant: 970, 23.10, and 127.30
  • Samson: 296, 21.14, and 136.16
  • Kishan: 543, 30.17, and 131.16

Half-centuries:

  • Pant: 3
  • Samson: 1
  • Kishan: 4

4’s and 6’s:

  • Pant: 83 and 37
  • Samson: 23 and 13
  • Kishan: 59 and 21

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