It seems that Sanju Samson is witnessing a purple patch in their career and he will like to replicate that in the first T20I between India and New Zealand at Wellington on Friday, November 18 as he made a solid statement during India’s recent net session. In a video posted by the BCCI on their official Twitter handle, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, and stand-in captain Hardik Pandya were seen working hard in the nets with intense batting practice.
All the batters were seen hitting the ball and meanwhile, it was Sanju and Shreyas Iyer’s no-look shots that stood out the most as the duo took the length deliveries to the cleaners while batting on practice wickets. Samson struck two no-look sixes- one happened to be over the square leg while the other one was perfectly timed towards the long leg region.
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Sanju Samson’s entertaining batting in the nets impressed all the cricketers and the support staff. In fact, one of them could also be heard shouting, “Shot hain yaar Sanju”, when he hit one no-look six.
Here is the video of the shot from Sanju Samson:
All charged up for the #NZvIND T20I series opener#TeamIndia 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/AsNSTeMqq8
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2022
In the few chances that he got during the bilateral T20Is earlier this year, Sanju Samson did manage to showcase impressive performances on a few occasions. Nonetheless, he failed to be selected in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia as veterans Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant were selected as the first-choice stumpers.
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With Karthik excluded from this tour, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant are the first-choice wicketkeepers. Now, the onus will be on the Kerala cricketer to prove his mettle by making his bat do the talking on the 22 yards in the three-match series.
Moreover, with senior players like regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, etc. rested for this series, this is indeed a perfect opportunity for Sanju Samson to be on the selectors’ radar provided he goes on to play impactful knocks against a good New Zealand bowling attack.