“I’ve started to recognize my game well, and it is beneficial me” – Sanju Samson



India’s middle-order right-handed top-order batter Sanju Samson believes experience and knowledge of his game have helped him improve in international cricket. The batter, who struck a quickfire 39 in the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka on Friday, has his sights on the T20 World Cup at year-end.

Samson batted at number four in the 2nd T20I at Dharamshala and took the more tolerable Shreyas Iyer with a 25-ball knock while chasing 184. He struck a couple of boundaries and 3-sixes in an 84-run stand with Iyer, and it took a fantastic catch from Binura Fernando to remove him.

Ahead of the 3rd T20I, the Kerala-born batter stated that performing plenty of games throughout the year has supported him to become a better player. Samson accepted that, unlike before, he prefers spending time in the middle once hitting sixes. The youngster stated in a video on BCCI tv:

“Definitely. We get to play a lot of matches, including the IPL, India A games, domestic cricket. I work on my game constantly; hence, I’m getting better at it. Simultaneously, experience is helping me understand my game better.”

“Earlier, I used to think I could hit sixes and I looked to do it every ball. Now, I understand if I spend more time in the middle, I’ll be able to improve my six-hitting ability. I’ve started to understand my game well and it is helping me.”

It’s worth noticing that the classy Samson had failed to take his opportunities in the before, which has put him under the scanner. The knock of 39 is especially his highest score in T20Is.

“For me, being here and contributing to the team’s victory is crucial” – Sanju Samson

Despite Samson’s preference for staying in the present, he assumes these opportunities are vital; consider the World Cup next year. The 27-year old credited the team’s conventional as his motivation to keep contributing to the team’s cause. He added:

“It is there on my mind. Whenever you play for India, the kind of standards our team has set, players get the motivation to cash in on every opportunity. That feeling sets in automatically and I think one can fix their place in the team by doing all the right things. For me, being here and contributing to the team’s success is crucial.”

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