Sanju Samson to be named India’s vice-captain for South Africa ODIs: Reports

As Samson is not named in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, he will certainly get a chance for the ODI series.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 28 September 2022 11:28 AM

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India’s wicketkeeper batter Sanju Samson is likely to be inducted into India’s ODI squad for the South Africa series as the vice-captain of the side. The 27-year-old from Kerala who is currently captaining India A against New Zealand A, will be playing Shikhar Dhawan’s deputy with most of the senior pros will be in Australia for the T20 World Cup Down Under. Notably, India will host South Africa for three T20Is and as many ODIs starting on 28 September. 

As Samson is not named in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, he will certainly get a chance for the ODI series. He last played for India in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe wherein he fared decently. 

India will take on South Africa in the three-match T20I series followed by the three-match ODI series from September 28 to October 11. The Indian squad for the T20I series has already been announced and the Indian selectors are likely to finalize the squad for the ODI series in the next few days.

According to reports, Samson will be named the vice-captain of the ODI squad while Shikhar Dhawan will lead the side. “BCCI sources told ANI that Sanju Samson could be named the vice-captain of the Indian team for the three-match ODI series as most of the senior players are likely to be rested for ICC T20 World Cup. Shikhar Dhawan is likely to lead the team,” claimed an ANI report. 

The first ODI will be played in Lucknow on October 6. Ranchi and Delhi will host the second and third ODI respectively, on October 9 and 11.

Rajat Patidar to get maiden call-up 

Following his India A exploits, Madhya Pradesh batter Rajat Patidar is all set to get a maiden call-up for the three ODIs against South Africa. “The source said that batter Rajat Patidar is likely to make his ODI debut against South Africa,” claimed the aforementioned report. 

Notably, Patidar was among the runs in the red-ball games India A played against New Zealand A. He also scored handy 65 runs in the two unofficial ODIs he played. 

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