BCCI had already announced the squad for the T-20 World Cup, which will be played in Australia, this October. Rishabh Pant, along with veteran keeper Dinesh Kartik will be traveling will the team. However, dropping Sanju Samson has been the talk of the town among cricket fans. Even experts have been wondering about his future on the national side. However, according to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, the Rajasthan Royals skipper isn’t aloof from the “Indian team’s plans.” He moreover confirmed Sanju’s selection in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa.
Ahead of the first T-20 of India against South Africa, Ganguly said,
“Sanju is playing well. He played for India but just missed the World Cup. He is in the Indian team’s plans. He is now a part of the ODI team against SA. Also, he has done well in the IPL franchise and he is the Captain also.”
Sanju Samson to return in ODI Series against SA
India registered an easy first T-20 win against South Africa. India defeated the guests on Wednesday, in Thiruvananthapuram, by eight wickets. Kl Rahul‘s steady half-century and Suryakumar Yadav’s blistering 50 guided India towards the win. However, with the likes of the pacers, India had sent half of the team to the Pavillion within the power play. However, Keshav Maharaj’s fighting 41 helped SA to put 106 runs on the board. Meanwhile, India signed off in 16.4 overs scoring 110 runs.
Skipper Rohit Sharma, after the match, said,
“The wicket was tricky. You learn a lot playing such a game. You understand what the team needs to do in tough conditions. It was nice to play a game like that. We knew the bowlers would get something seeing grass on the pitch, but we didn’t expect help for the full 20 overs. It was still damp. Both teams were in the contest and the team that played better won the game. We started well, got 5 wickets in quick time and that was the turning point.”
He also said,
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Got to respect the conditions. Lost two wickets and that partnership between KL and Surya got us home.”
The ODI series against South Africa will start in Lucknow, from 6th October. Samson however will aim to bring the limelight to him with an entertaining show.
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