Sanju Samson has been recalled to the T20I squad for upcoming three-match T20I series against West Indies as a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Dhawan is yet to heal from the knee issue that he suffered during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Maharashtra last week. Though he will be fit for ODIs and will keep his place for the three matches next month.
A recall for Samson does mean that he will be part of the team but he will again have a tough competition to walk into the playing XI. KL Rahul will open the innings with Rohit Sharma and with Virat Kohli coming back, the middle-order is also packed.
If India seal the series by winning the first two matches, then Samson might be included in the playing XI. Or else, his wait to make his comeback might extend by another month.
Samson hasn’t played international cricket since 2015. He was always on the cusp of making a comeback but his inconsistent run in domestic cricket saw him also lose his place in India A squad as well. In 2018, he was travelling to England with India A team but failed the yo-yo test.
Samson cleared the fitness test later and earned his spot back. He did well against South Africa A and followed up with a double century in Vijay Hazare Trophy to make his comeback for the Bangladesh T20Is.
With the regulars set to be rested for the Sri Lanka T20Is next month, Samson might play his first international match after more than four years in 2020.
India host West Indies in three T20Is on December 6, 8 and 11. After the T20Is, the two teams will play three ODIs on December 15, 18 and 22. Dhawan is expected to be fit for ODIs but if he misses the series, then Samson might also replace him in the ODI squad.