Sanju Samson recently replaced injured Shikhar Dhawan in T20I squad that will play against West Indies.
Sanju Samson, a young Indian wicketkeeper, has been under the spotlight for the past couple of months. Earlier this year, he scored a double century against Goa in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019. Following this, he was selected by Indian selectors to be part of the T20I team that played against Bangladesh.
However, before the West Indies T20I series began, he was dropped from the team before even a single game is played. This was due to him being drafted back into the national team to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan. He made his debut back in 2015 for Team India in the T20 format. However, he was dropped from the team after only a single match.
In the last four years that he has played in, he has been performing very well in the domestic scene. This, in turn, paved the way for him to return to the international team. He has amassed 2945 runs in 53 first-class appearances at an average of 36.81. In List A games, he holds an average of 30.82.
In an interview, he said that his style of batting is different from the rest. ‘I like to keep things as simple as possible and when I get the opportunity, I look to score big. If I get five innings, I want to score big in one or two innings and win matches for my team. Consistency in my innings won’t win matches for my team. It is more important to play an outstanding inning to win my team games. I go behind that kind of idea’.
He also said that it’s up to team management on how he is to be utilized. ‘I am a keeper and when my team wants me to keep, I do that and when they ask me to field, I do that. I can’t tell the team what I want to do right? The team is the priority’.
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