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Sanju has a bright future, feels Raja

New Delhi: It has been a while since teenaged batsman Sanju Samson was touted as India’s next big star and the latest to have spotted his “serious potential” is former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja.

“Sanju Samson is very talented and there are quite a few other batsmen who are good to watch. I think you have got to admire the 19- and 20-year-olds. I would say that Sanju has got some serious potential,” Raja said.

The Kerala batsman was the find of the 2013 Indian Premier League and has not done bad so far this season. He struck a stylish 52 against Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah and enthralled the Kotla crowd on Saturday before getting out on 34.

Ask about the batting talent in Pakistan, Raja said: “It is always bowling that attracts you as a Pakistani fan. There is a lot of variety. Batting wise, I actually want more talent to come through. That is one area we are lacking. Let’s hope more technically sound players come through the ranks. But for that to happen, there is a need to make the domestic circuit more competitive and vibrant.”