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Finding a place in the Indian team is really challenging: Sanju Samson opens up on his situation – Times Now

Sanju Samson has found it tough to become an important member of Indian team

Sanju Samson has found it tough to become an important member of Indian team

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sanju Samson is considered one of the most exciting batters in T20I cricket.
  • Yet, he has struggled to become a consistent member of the Indian team in the shortest format.
  • In a chat over his situation, Samson admitted that breaking into the Indian team has been quite challenging for him.
It’s been a roller-coaster of a ride for Sanju Samson in international cricket. Getting a long rope in the team has been tough for the wicketkeeper-batter, especially when senior players are fit and available. Samson opened up on his curious situation in the Indian team, admitting that finding a place in the team has been really challenging for him.
Samson has been in and out of the Indian team in both the limited overs formats. Despite being a top performer for his franchise Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the last few years, the Kerala lad only remains an afterthought for the national selectors.

“It really does get challenging. Finding a place in the Indian team is really challenging. There is a lot of competition around, even within players who are in the team now. When these things happen, it is important to focus on myself,” Samson was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

“I am happy with the way I am performing. I want to improve. The quality of cricketers we have in our team is unbelievable. So, it really helps each and every individual to raise their level. We keep on challenging ourselves. We try to perform every time we get an opportunity,” he added.

Samson is quite a versatile player who can play different roles in the team – from opening the batting to playing the role of a finisher – yet getting himself a spot in the playing XI has been quite a task for him. The 27-year-old, however, isn’t giving up.

“Playing different roles is something I have worked on for a lot of years. I am confident of batting anywhere in the order. You should not fix a spot for yourself. You cannot tell people: ‘I am an opener or I am a finisher.’ In the last three-four years, playing in various roles and spots (in the order) has added a new dimension to my game,” he asserted.

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Samson was last seen wearing the India jersey in the ODI series against Zimbabwe, where he did produce a couple of decent performances. However, he wasn’t picked in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2022.

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Shreyas, Umesh, Shahbaz brought into India squad for South Africa T20Is – ESPNcricinfo

Shahbaz Ahmed, the uncapped left-arm-spin-bowling allrounder, has been added to the squad too. This will be his second stint with the national team, after he had been called up earlier during the Zimbabwe ODIs in July in place of the injured Washington Sundar.

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Sanju Samson Has to Perform Big In First-Class Cricket: S Sreesanth Expects Consistency From His Former Tea – News18

Despite being one of the rising stars of the game, Sanju Samson continues to be ignored by the national selectors. That’s why he has played a handful of T20Is, despite making his India debut in 2015. The 27-year-old has seen his stocks take a tumble when he was dropped during the three-match T20I series in England as the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma made their way. Furthermore, he was played just two T20Is on West Indies trip where he scored 30 and 5. The selectors then went ahead and gave him the snub, which was expected, from the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Also Read: Sanju Samson Set to Be Named India Vice Captain for South Africa ODIs-Report

Now, Samson’s exposure is limited to playing ODI cricket. From July onwards he has played the three ODIs in West Indies and well as the same number of matches in Zimbabwe, donning the role of the Wicket-Keeper. With reports of his promotion as ODI vice-captain for South Africa series, his ardent fans must be fearing: Is his T20 career over? Maybe, or maybe not as India is likely to restructure its t20 squad irrespective of their success or failure at the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, one of his mentors S Sreesanth spoke on this issue exclusively to Hindustan Times and said that Samson will have to up his game.

Also Read: IND A vs NZ A, 1st Unofficial ODI: Sanju Samson Treated to Roaring Reception After India Snub

“He has to be consistent. See, everyone is talking about the IPL. I’m from Kerala, I’m somebody who has always supported him. I’ve seen him play from U14. He has played under me. In fact, I was the one who gave him the cap on his Ranji Trophy debut. But the way I see him… it’s a request to him – he has to start performing in first-class matches,” Sreesanth on the sidelines of the Delhi leg of 2022 Legends League Cricket.

“Sanju has to come out and perform in first-class matches. Not just score a hundred, score 200s. Come and make the Kerala team win the Ranji Trophy!”

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Shubman Gill Scores Maiden County Hundred For Glamorgan – NDTV Sports

Shubman Gill Scores Maiden County Hundred For Glamorgan

Shubman Gill playing for Glamorgan in County Championship Division 2.

Young Indian batter Shubman Gill slammed his maiden hundred for Glamorgan against Sussex in their County Championship Division 2 match in Hove on Tuesday. Batting on 91 overnight, Gill notched his eighth first-class century in 123 balls, displaying his wide array of elegant shots all around the County Ground in Hove. Overall Gill smashed 16 boundaries and two sixes in his knock of 119 off 139 balls before being dismissed by off-spinner Jack Carson when he holed out to Sean Hunt.

Gill batted for three hours and 23 minutes as he got out with Glamorgan’s first innings score, reading 277/5 in the opening session of day two.

Gill first put on a 57-run stand with Glamorgan skipper David Lloyd (56). Under floodlights on day one, Gill and Billy Root had little trouble in adding 87 runs before the latter got out in the eighth over of the day.

The 23-year-old Indian top-order batter has been in the form of his life having scored a maiden International century — 130 — in an ODI against Zimbabwe last month.

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Gill missed out on a century by eight runs against Worcestershire earlier this month.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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