Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson has said that thinking about India selection while playing the Indian Premier League is a wrong mindset. Notably, he failed to leave his mark on the international stage despite having a successful IPL and eventually dropped from the national team.
He even failed to find a place in India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup as well. And, according to him, there is no point in thinking about national selection while playing in the IPL as well. He shared this during an interaction over the captaincy and other cricketing issues with Jason Holder.
“First of all, when you’re playing for an IPL team and thinking about Indian selection, then it’s a wrong mindset. People do talk a lot about Indian selection and cementing your place but that is actually a by-product – if you perform, you get opportunities,” Samson was quoted as saying by TOI.
“I think IPL is the most viewed tournament in the world. It will get you noticed. People do say good things about me and they also say other things as well. It’s natural for me now. Everyone is having that kind of pressure. And everyone goes through that kind of pressure, knowing that so many people are waiting outside anyway. That’s the reason behind Indian cricket’s success,” he further added.
However, RR had a mixed season in the first phase of the IPL 2021 in India, winning three and losing four of their seven matches before the league got suspended. They placed at fifth position in the points table as well. Sanju Samson also added that he didn’t think of not being chosen for the T20 World Cup and is focused on the IPL. He has scored 277 runs in seven games in the first half of IPL 2021 as well.
“I have been with RR from the age of 18. I have seen a lot of Indian talent coming in and going on to play for India like Sakariya did. We give a product to the Indian team. That’s our mindset and that’s how we pick our team. We have to be the fittest team in the IPL. The Hundred format might be very exciting, actually. Jason (Holder) is very lucky to play all three formats for his country and I would also like to do that first and then think on those lines,” Sanju Samson concluded.