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 has got yet another opportunity to consolidate his place in the Indian cricket team. He is part of the Hardik Pandya-led India 17-member squad that will play two T20Is against Ireland later this month.

With several other wicketkeeper-batters like Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, and the veteran Dinesh Karthik playing well with far more consistency than the 27-year-old, it is going to be a daunting task for Sanju Samson to make it to the forthcoming 2022 T20I World Cup squad. Sanju Samson has time and again impressed with his abilities only to falter with his consistency.

Sanju Samson is a part of India's squad for the series against Ireland© BCCI
Sanju Samson is a part of India’s squad for the series against Ireland© BCCI

Sanju Samson Has Ability But Must Improve His Shot Selection: Sunil Gavaskar

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.

“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,” Sunil Gavaskar said during the fifth T20I between India and South Africa on Sunday which was abandoned due to rain.

“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.”

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar (Credits: AFP)

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said there is no doubting the keeper’s potential but the Rajasthan Royals captain should improve his shot selection to be a consistent presence on the Indian T20I side. Sunil Gavaskar backed the RR keeper, saying no one can question his ability to be a game-changer. Team India will play two T20Is on June 26th and 28th in Dublin.

Sanju Samson Has Performed Well for Rajasthan Royals In IPL Unlike For India

Sanju Samson has been a consistent performer in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals over the last two seasons. The skipper led Rajasthan Royals to the final of IPL 2022, scoring 458 runs at a strike rate of close to 150. However, the RR keeper was not picked for the South Africa T20Is as India went in with Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik as their wicketkeeping options.

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

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.