There is a lot of competition around: Sanju Samson accepts finding a place in national team quite challenging

The 27-year-old said that he is focusing on himself rather than on things that are not in his hand.

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Updated - 22 September 2022 12:36 PM

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When the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India’s T20 World Cup squad and Sanju Samson’s name was missing from it, people created a lot of ruckuses about it. Many questioned the selectors’ tactic to include Rishabh Pant over Samson. However, the wicketkeeper batter is not thinking too much about his snub and is focusing on the upcoming assignment. 

Samson also accepted that finding a place in the national squad is challenging with so much competition around. The 27-year-old said that he is focusing on himself rather than on things that are not in his hand. He further stated that he has made himself flexible enough to bat at any position from top order to the middle order and reckoned being flexible is the mantra behind success. 

"Playing different roles is something I have worked on for a lot of years. I am confident of batting anywhere in the order. You should not fix a spot for yourself. You cannot tell people: 'I am an opener or I am a finisher.' In the last three-four years, playing in various roles and spots (in the order) has added a new dimension to my game," said Samson. 

The 27-year-old, who has featured in 7 ODIs and 16 T20Is so far, said finding a spot in the Indian team is challenging and there is a lot of competition.

"It really does get challenging. Finding a place in the Indian team is really challenging. There is a lot of competition around, even within players who are in the team now. When these things happen, it is important to focus on myself," Samson was quoted saying by PTI. "I am happy with the way I am performing. I want to improve...," he added.

Notably, Samson has been handed the responsibility to lead India A in their home ODI series against New Zealand A which starts on Thursday (22 September). 

India A squad: Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Rajat Patidar, Sanju Samson (Captain), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Kuldeep Yadav, Shabhaz Ahmed, Rahul Chahar, Tilak Varma, Kuldeep Sen, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Rishi Dhawan, Raj Angad Bawa.

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