After India has completed their first international assignment at home after the 2022 IPL season, the Men in Blue will now head to Ireland for a run of two matches before traveling to England for the highly anticipated tour. Some have been rested, some new faces have been added as India continues their quest for a final 15 for the 2022 T20 World Cup. And former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had his say on the return of the 27-year-old star, whose “huge abilities” he praised.
Samson had a pretty impressive IPL 2022 season, scoring 458 runs in 17 innings, in the Rajasthan Royals’ run to the final, with a strike rate of 146.79 in two half-centuries. Ahead of the IPL season, he was recalled to the Indian team for the home series against Sri Lanka, where he got 37 deliveries in two innings to score 57 runs with a strike rate of 154.05.
Speaking to Star Sports about his roster, Gavaskar advised that Samson should work on his shot roster to cement his place in India’s roster for the T20 World Cup.
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“Everyone deserves more opportunities, but you have to make the most of them. What brought Sanju Samson down as we all know the tremendous abilities he has is his selection of shots while playing for India. He seems to attack from the first ball and even in T20Is there’s an opportunity to get your feet going, get your eye… you know with the light and the pitch, etc,” he said.
With just two games in the series, which will also see Suryakumar Yadav’s return, Samson may have limited opportunities but Gavaskar wants the youngster to make the most of it.
“So, yes, if his shot selection gets better, he will be so much more consistent, be it for India or for his franchise. Then there will be no one asking questions about his place in the team,” he added.