"He shouldn't do one thing"- Ex-SL skipper Kumar Sangakkara's career-changing advice to Sanju Samson for SL T20Is
India is all set to lock horns with Sri Lanka for three T20Is and three ODIs starting on January 3. Both squads have been announced, and the BCCI has made some notable changes. Sanju Samson was named in the T20I side but was sidelined from the ODIs.
He was also not part of the Indian squad for the last ODI series against Bangladesh. However, in the absence of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul, the Kerala-born had only limited opportunities. However, former Sri Lankan captain and RR head coach Kumar Sangakkara believes Samson should remain calm and that there is no need for him to be desperate.
In the latest discussion on "A Chat with Champions" on Star Sports, Sangakkara said that Samson is a versatile batter who can bat at any position, but he needs to have a very calm head.
Sangakkara said, "He's got to keep things simple, just concentrate on batting. The IPL is one thing, playing for India is another. What you got to really concentrate on, as Sanju Samson in the Indian side, is understanding what your job is. The one thing he shouldn't do is think that this is his final chance to prove his mettle and try and be desperate to succeed."
Samson has been travelling with the team for quite some time, but he hasn't had as many opportunities as other players on the team. The 28-year-old has also played in different positions for India in recent times. In the home series against South Africa, he came as a finisher.
The former Sri Lankan skipper further said that the 28-year-old is a very talented guy who has a brilliant brain on his head. He also added that Samson needs to enjoy whatever chances he gets and ery hurry. Sangakkara concluded that the 28-year-old just needs to trust his skills, and he will surely be India's future star.