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Chief Selector Chetan Sharma: ‘Sanju Samson Was Always In Plan’

Sanju Samson first played for India in 2015. He was 22 years old at the time, and he is now 27 years old, yet a permanent spot in India’s playing eleven continues to elude him. There’s a reason for his low numbers. He has represented India in ten matches, scoring 117 runs at an average of 11.70, with his highest individual score of 27. He last played for India in July, when a second-string team travelled to Sri Lanka. Samson didn’t seem to fit in there either. However, the Kerala cricketers have been given a second chance after being selected for Sri Lanka’s three-match T20I series.

Because Rishabh Pant has been rested for the three-match series, Samson has been put in the side as a wicket-keeper batter. It’s possible that he’ll be assigned to keep wickets. Many people were surprised by his inclusion, but top selector Chetan Sharma said that ‘he was in the scheme of things.’

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Chetan Sharma
Chetan Sharma

“Sanju is a part of our plan.” Most significantly, we must determine which cricketer will be effective on Australian pitches. He’s absolutely in our plans (for the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia),” he said in a virtual press conference on Saturday (February 19).

As India prepares to compete in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, Samson wants to make the most of his opportunities, especially after what occurred in the UAE, where Kohli and his team lost their first two games and were knocked out of the competition. The T20I series will begin on February 24 in Lucknow at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, and conclude on February 26 and 27 in Dharamsala at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. The first Test begins on March 4 at the Punjab Cricket Association’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh, while the second begins on March 12 at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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