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    IND vs SL: ‘You can still…,’ Kumar Sangakkara hands CAUTIONARY advice to Sanju Samson for T20I series against Sri Lanka


    Dec 29, 2022

    Sanju Samson has been handed a golden opportunity to play in India’s T20I side once again after failing consistently to cement his spot in the playing eleven of the Men in Blue. Since his debut in 2015, Sanju has scored 296 runs in 16 T20I matches. Hardik Pandya-led India are set to take on Sri Lanka in their 3-match T20I series. sri lanka batting great Kumar Sangakkara, who’s also the mentor of Rajasthan Royals (RR), which Samson leads in the IPL has urged the India middle-order batsman to keep things simple and to concentrate on his batting when the T20I series starts from January 3.

    India’s T20I series against Sri Lanka, which will also kickstart their home season, presents a chance for Samson to keep himself in the reckoning for the scheme of things in the shortest format of the game. (India captain Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya meet ‘Rocky Bhai’ Yash, check pics HERE)

    “He’s got to keep things simple, just concentrate on batting. The IPL is one thing, playing for India is another. What you got to concentrate on, as Sanju Samson in the Indian side, is understanding what your job is. When you go out, make sure you’re relaxed, you have the clarity about how you’re going to play your role.”

    “He might have to bat outside position depending on where they want him to fit in. Whether he’s batting at the top or lower-middle order at 5 and 6, he’s got the game, the power, the touch, the placement and the mentality to do really well,” said Sangakkara on ‘A Chat with Champions’ show on Star Sports.

    Sangakkara, who has seen Samson from the closest quarters during his time as director of cricket for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), believes Samson shouldn’t become desperate to succeed for the Indian team and that the right-handed batsman should look to enjoy his cricket without seeing how the outcome would be.

    “The one thing he shouldn’t do is think that this is his final chance to prove his mettle and try and be desperate to succeed. He’s got every single thing going for him. He’s a wonderful young man, he’s got skills and temperament. Let it settle, don’t fight it, make sure you’re adjusting to what comes at you on the day. And then, go out there and enjoy the way he plays.”

    “You can still enjoy your cricket irrespective of your results as long as you play well. As long as you play the level of skill that you have. And that’s absolute truism when it comes to Sanju. If he can play at the level of skill that he has, he’s going to enjoy his cricket. It’s a wonderful opportunity for him and the fans who can see what thing young man can do, because he’s a very special talent.” (With IANS inputs)


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