INDA v NZA 2022: “I am confident of batting anywhere in the order,” says India A skipper Sanju Samson

Samson didn't find a spot in India’s 15-member T20 World Cup 2022 squad last week.

Sanju Samson | GettySanju Samson on Wednesday (September 21) said he has prepared himself in such a way in the past few years that he is equipped to bat at any position.

Notably, Samson not finding a spot in India’s 15-member T20 World Cup 2022 squad and the reserve players list has become a major topic of discussion lately.

The wicketkeeper-batter has been in terrific form in the shortest format this year. He has played six T20Is in 2022, scoring 179 runs at an impressive average of 44.75 and an exceptional strike rate of 158.40 with one half-century. Moreover, he led Rajasthan Royals to the IPL final this season.

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“Playing different roles is something I have worked on for a lot of years. I am confident of batting anywhere in the order. You should not fix a spot for yourself. You cannot tell people: ‘I am an opener or I am a finisher. In the last three-four years, playing in various roles and spots (in the order) has added a new dimension to my game,” Samson quoted as saying by PTI.

However, the Kerala lad understands that entering the elite 15 of the national team is more challenging as there is a lot of competition.

“It really does get challenging. Finding a place in the Indian team is really challenging. There is a lot of competition around, even within players who are in the team now. When these things happen, it is important to focus on myself,” Samson said.

“I am happy with the way I am performing. I want to improve,” he added.

Samson has been appointed captain of the India A team for the three List A games against New Zealand A, starting on Thursday (September 2) in Chennai.

“The quality of cricketers we have in our team is unbelievable. So, it really helps each and every individual to raise their level. We keep on challenging ourselves. We try to perform every time we get an opportunity,” he stated.

Samson is happy to lead the national A team and he is keen to make the opportunities count.

“They (India A games) are really important. There is not much difference between an A game and international game. The competition is almost the same. so it is important to make use of the opportunities.”

(With PTI inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 22 Sep, 2022

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