Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (Credits: Twitter)

Sanju Samson has been named in India’s squad for the two-match T20I series against Ireland, beginning June 26. Sanju Samson, the 27-year-old star keeper last played in the T20I series against Sri Lanka at home earlier this year where he faced 37 deliveries across two innings to score 57 runs at a strike rate of 154.05.

After India completed their first international assignment at home after the 2022 IPL season, the Men in Blue will now head to Ireland for a two-match series before traveling to England for the much-anticipated tour. Some regular players have been rested, while some new faces have been added as India continues their search for a final 15-member squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Sanju Samson (File photo)
Sanju Samson (File photo)

Sanju Samson Has To Make The Most Of His Chances: Sunil Gavaskar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had his say on the return of the 27-year-old star, whose “tremendous abilities” he hailed. Sanju Samson had a rather impressive IPL 2022 season where he scored 458 runs in 17 innings, in the Rajasthan Royals’ run to the final, at a strike rate of 146.79 with two half-centuries.

Prior to the IPL 2022 season, he was recalled to the India team for the home series against Sri Lanka where he faced 37 deliveries across two innings to score 57 runs at a strike rate of 154.05. Speaking on his selection, Sunil Gavaskar advised that Sanju Samson needs to work on his shot selection in a bid to cement his place in the India squad for the upcoming T20I World Cup.

Sanju Samson, skipper of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022. IPL
Sanju Samson, skipper of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022. IPL

“Everybody deserves more chance but you got to make the most of them. What has led Sanju Samson down, because all of us know the tremendous ability that he has, is his shot selection while playing for India. He looks to attack from the first ball and even in T20Is, there is an opportunity to get your feet going, get your eye … you know with the light and pitch, etc,” he said.

So far, Sanju Samson has played one ODI and 13 T20Is for India scoring 46 and 174 runs respectively. Former Indian cricket team captain Sunil Gavaskar has belief in Sanju Samson’s abilities but feels he needs to improve his shot selection.

Sanju Samson Must Improve Upon His Shot Selection And Has To Be Consistent To Be In India’s 2022 T20I World cup Squad: Sunil Gavaskar

With just two matches in the series which will also mark the return of middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson might get limited opportunities, but Sunil Gavaskar wants the youngster to make the most of it.

“So, yes if his shot selection gets better then he will be so much more consistent whether it is for India or for his franchise. Then there will be nobody asking questions about his place in the team,” he added.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar (Credits: AFP)

Sanju Samson has struggled to replicate his IPL exploits at the international level as the Kerala batter, who made his debut in 2015, has managed 174 runs at a meager average of 14.50 in 14 T20Is. The keeper, who is back in the mix in the lead-up to the T20I World Cup, faces a make-or-break situation as the competition for spots in the top-order and wicketkeeper is intensifying.