Sanju Samson is Dhawan’s replacement in the T20I series

Sanju Samson

It is for the second time in three months that Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of a T20I series with a serious injury. It is also the second time in three months that wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson has replaced him in the Indian cricket team. 

Back in November 2019, Dhawan injured his knee playing for Delhi during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament and everybody thought that this was the opportunity that Samson was looking for so desperately to prove his worth to the team. Having not played for the national side in over four years, the series against the West Indies was supposed to be all about the Trivandrum-born’s redemption.

However, not only did Samson not get to bat, he wasn’t even selected in the Playing XI of the Men in Blue the whole time Kieron Pollard’s men were in India. The greatest recognition he got was when head coach Ravi Shastri brought him to the middle of the Greenfield Stadium, in front of his home crowd, just to get a loud cheer, ahead of the match.

His day to finally bat in the blue kit came during the third and final T20I match against the Sri Lankan in Pune. With Rohit Sharma rested and Dhawan returning to the pavilion after powerful 52-run innings, it was Samson’s time to shine.

As leggie Wanindu Hasaranga bowled his first delivery to the Keralite, he moved forward and slammed an authoritative six. The second ball however was a googly, which Samson failed to read and got trapped with an LBW.

A couple of days later the BCCI announced the squad for the New Zealand tour and Samson’s name was nowhere to be found, be it the T20Is, ODIs or the Tests. People called the Board out for this. Some said that the selectors were unjustifiably inclined towards cricketers like Rishabh Pant, others believed that there existed real discrimination towards players who came from the south.

But none of that changed the fact that a 25-year-old Samson’s career was looking to come to an unfortunate end.

But as fate would have it, with the first of five T20I between two great sides in international teams just days away, Dhawan is ruled out of the series thanks to an injured shoulder that he suffered during the final ODI between India and Australia last week and Samson finally got his call, once again.

This five-match series against a worthy opponent should be a big enough sample size to see exactly what this cricketer is truly made of. While it is true that names like Pant are being even a lot of extra chances to prove themselves, some cricketers only have a handful of moments in their lives to make the most of. This series against Kane Williamson’s men has to be considered a make-or-break moment of Samson’s cricketing life.

Sanju Samson IPL Statistics

Sanju Samson IPL

Sanju Viswanath Samson was born on11 November 1994 in Trivandrum, India.

He is an Indian Right Handed cricketer. He is a fine wicket-keeper batsman made his Twenty20 International debut for India against Zimbabwe on 19 July 2015.

Despite being a teenager, He has achieved so many records in his early stage like youngest batsman to score 1,000 runs in the IPL , He is the youngest player to score a half-century in the IPL and Champions League Twenty20, youngest cricketer to captain a Ranji trophy side.

RoleWicketkeeper-batsman
Batting StyleRight-handed
NationalityIndian
DOB 11 November 1994
IPL Debut 2013
Batting and FieldingMatNoRunsHSAvgSR100504s6s
Career9392209102*27.61130.2421017089
2019122342102*34.20148.69102813
201815144192*31.50137.81033019
201714038610227.57141.39123219
20161432916026.45112.3501208
20151412047620.40125.1501168
20141303397426.07124.17022517
20131122066325.75115.7301195

How Old is Sanju Samson?

25 years (11 November 1994)

Where is from Sanju Samson?

Sanju Samson was born on 11-11-1994 in Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala, India.