"It's really hard"- Sanju Samson finally reacts to his T20 WC exclusion
The biggest tournament of 2022 is just three weeks away from now. The next edition of the T20 World Cup will start in Australia on October 16, with a total of 16 teams playing in the competition. All nations have announced their teams for the mega event in Australia.
India, who also picked a 15-member squad for the WT20, named mostly those players who played in the Asia Cup. Thus, there were a number of players who couldn't make it to the squad. The likes of Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, and Sanju Samson were among those players who didn't feature in the squad.
However, the omission of Samson was surprising, as his batting style is well suited for Australian pitches and there was speculation that he might make it to the 15-member squad for Australia.
However, the 27-year-old wicket-keeper batsman missed an opportunity that didn't go well with his fans. India kept on their experimentation after the conclusion of the IPL, which saw a lot more players changing. Samson has been part of the Indian team since the IPL.
Although, he didn't get many chances and only played three T20Is during this period. He batted in all three positions in those three matches. Against Ireland he opened the innings, and against West Indies he batted at fourth and fifth spot in two games. But now the Kerala batter has reacted to his omission and shared his opinion.
In a discussion with PTI, Samson opened up and said that it is not easy to get a place in the Indian team. He also said that there is a lot more competition in the team among the players, which makes it harder. Notably, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are the two first-choice wicket-keepers in the team.
Sanju said, "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. You should not fix a spot for yourself. You cannot tell people: ‘I am an opener or I am a finisher."
The 27-year-old is currently leading the India "A" side in an unofficial three-match ODI series against New Zealand "A" at home. The first match of the series is being played on Thursday. All the three matches will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.