Sanju Samson, a talented wicketkeeper-batter for Team India, was left off of the team’s 15-person T20 World Cup roster. Samson, 27, has been a member of the team since it resumed international competition after the Indian Premier League this year, but he only received a little amount of playing time since Dinesh Karthik replaced him as a result of the latter’s outstanding IPL accomplishments. Samson actually played in just one of the two T20Is in Ireland and didn’t appear in any of the five T20Is in June against South Africa.
Samson didn’t play in any of the three games of the series after first-team players made their comebacks in the T20Is against England.
Samson, though, is unfazed by his exclusion from the T20 World Cup since he understands that securing a spot in the Indian XI is always a “challenge.”
Sanju Samson was quoted by PTI, “It really does get challenging. Finding a place in the Indian team is really challenging. There is a lot of competition around, even among players who are on the team now. When these things happen, it is important to focus on yourself.”
Since June of last year, Team India has embraced a flexible strategy for both player selection and batting order. Since Team India’s return from the IPL, Samson has played in three T20Is, starting at three different positions. He began the innings in the T20I against Ireland and played in the fifth and fourth places in the two matches against West Indies, respectively. The Kerala-born wicketkeeper-batter claims that he has developed his style on his need to be adaptable.
He added, “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 order) has added a new dimension to my game. I am happy with the way I am performing. I want to improve.”
In a three-match one-day series being played at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium, Samson is presently captaining India A team as it competes against New Zealand A.