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Former Pakistani leg spinner Danish Kaneria believes BCCI made Sanju Samson the India A-team captain for his unofficial ODI series against New Zealand due to the pressure built on them for not selecting the player for the upcoming T20 World Cup. It’s worth noting that wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik got a nod to Samson in the 15-man Indian squad, while the 27-year-old failed even to secure a spot in the reserves. He will now lead India A against New Zealand in a three-game series.
“Sanju has a lot of fans. His batting style, in Australia, gives you an x factor. On resilient wickets, no one plays better than Sanju… Sanju has now become India A captain (against New Zealand). BCCI came under so much pressure (in order not to select Sanju Samson for the T20 World Cup), that Sanju has been given the India A captain’s armband,” Kaneria said on his YouTube channel.
“That’s a pride, when you captain a national team, no matter what category. This is the best chance for Sanju Samson. If he can win the series for India A as captain, that would be great,” added Kaneria .
India’s unofficial ODI series against New Zealand will start on September 22, while the next two games of the series will be played on September 25 and 27. Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur and Umran Malik have also been named in the India A squad.
Samson had a great 2022 Indian Premier League with his side Rajasthan Royals reaching the final. He scored 458 runs in 17 games with an average of 28.63 and a strike rate of 146.79. Two half-centuries came out of his bat, with the best score of 55.
In five innings in six T20I games this year, Samson scored 179 runs at an average of 44.75. He hit half a century, a knock of 77 runs against Ireland.
In six ODIs, Samson scored 130 runs at an average of 43.33. Half a century came out of his bat in five innings he played.
(with ANI inputs)
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