Samson's epic celebration, a message to the selectors before the selection of the T20 WC team?


Sanju Samson (c) of Rajasthan Royals reacts after scoring match 44 of Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) Season 17 between Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan Royals held at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium , Lucknow on April 27, 2024.

Sanju Samson (c) of Rajasthan Royals reacts after scoring match 44 of Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) Season 17 between Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan Royals held at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium , Lucknow on April 27, 2024.

Sanju Samson has been in excellent form with the bat since the start of the tournament, and his last fifty runs place him second, behind Virat Kohli in the Orange Cap list with 385 runs, at 161.08.

With a belligerent 77 not out from 33 deliveries, Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson not only ensured that his team is more or less qualified for the IPL 2024 qualifiers, but he made a powerful statement about two days away of the announcement of the T20 World Cup in India. Squad 2024. And his celebration after scoring the winning points was his way of telling the selectors that he claimed this place. Soft-spoken Samson is generally calm and collected on the field, whether celebrating his team's victory or acknowledging defeat. Yet after scoring the winning runs against LSG on Saturday, Samson let out a roar with his arms raised, which was rather unusual for him.

Samson has been in excellent form with the bat from the start of the tournament, and his last fifty runs place him second, behind Virat Kohli in the Orange Cap list with 385 runs, at 161.08.

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While there is no shortage of supporters for the Kerala batting player, with many former Indian cricketers choosing the flamboyant batter in their pick for the T20 World Cup, what Samson seems to be doing now is giving direct competition to someone He was considered the first choice for the wicketkeeper position. in the Indian XI – Rishabh Pant. Pant, returning from a 14-month hiatus from the game due to injury, has not missed a beat so far in the 2024 IP, and it seemed like a given that the explosive hitter from Delhi would be the Indian coach's first choice for the wicketkeeper slot. He also has the numbers to prove it – with 371 points in ten matches, for a score of 160.60.

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However, Samson's latest knock helped the Kerala batter surpass Pant in terms of numbers, and there are now calls for Samson to be the first-choice keeper and batter in the XI. Interestingly, Samson and Pant bat in the top order – 3 or 4 – presenting a fantastic case to the selectors.

Will selectors pick Samson and Pant in playing XI for T20 World Cup

Although it is now more or less certain that Pant and Samson will be part of the 15-member squad, ideally they should; given their current form and performances, the question arises: can the selectors find a way to include these two maverick batters in India's T20 World Cup XI? It's a dilemma the selectors will no doubt face when finalizing the squad.

Incumbent Indian number 3 Suryakumar Yadav is returning from injury and has had a pretty decent tournament so far – with two ducks and two fifties to his name in six matches and has not looked at his best. In this case, Samson at No. 3 and Pant at No. 4 are something the selectors might consider; otherwise, it is not; there is nothing wrong with having this thought process.

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