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Sanju Samson offers his thoughts on the importance of being flexible in the lineup

Sanju Samson was a surprising omission from India’s 15-man team for the next T20 World Cup in 2022. The wicketkeeper-batter made his international debut in 2015, however, he has only played seven ODIs and sixteen T20Is. Despite their below-par performances in the previous T20Is, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik have been chosen ahead of Samson.

Instead of criticizing management, Samson has highlighted the intensity of competition for a spot in the current Indian squad. He noted that getting into the national team is very difficult, but he is just concerned with himself and his desire to grow.

In domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League, the 27-year-old batsman has been a steady performer (IPL). But he’s never had a strong run with the national team. Pant, unlike Samson, has been granted frequent opportunities in recent years despite collecting just 934 runs in 58 T20Is at an average of 23.94 and a strike rate of 126.21.

Samson also said that changing positions in recent years has allowed him to bring a new depth to his game. In recent IPL seasons, he has been equally successful as a top-order hitter and a game finisher. He argued that players should not carve out a niche for themselves and instead be more adaptable in their responsibilities.

Meanwhile, Samson has been named captain of India A for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand A, which begins on Thursday (September 22) in Chennai. Rahul Tripathi, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Prithvi Shaw, Kuldeep Yadav, and Umran Malik are also members of India A. Samson said that the competition for the India A team is almost the same and that this would be a good chance for the peripheral players to establish their value.