KL Rahul makes a statement on Sanju Samson’s place in Playing XI and Rinku Singh’s debut in South Africa ODI series

Sanju Samson was not given a chance in the ICC World Cup 2023 despite him behind a part of the Asia Cup squad as a back-up for KL Rahul. He has returned to the Indian team for the three-match ODI series against South Africa.

KL Rahul, who will be leading the team in Rohit Sharma’s absence, spoke about Sanju Samson’s role in the middle order.

Injuries and inconsistency have impacted Sanju’s chances However, he still a chance to impress the selectors for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in 2024. If he performs well against the Proteas, he could play against Afghanistan in three T20Is.

Rahul clarified that Samson will bat in the middle-order, as it has long been his role in the team.

“Sanju will bat in the middle order. He has been given this role in one-day internationals. He will bat at No.5 or 6. For now I will be donning the wicket-keeping gloves, but if there is an opportunity, he will keep the wickets at some point in the series,” he said

Rahul also talked about Rinku Singh and his debut in the fifty-over format. In the last two T20I series against Australia and South Africa, Rinku accumulated 187 runs in 109 balls in six innings.

“He is a good player. He has shown his class for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and he is making his performance count in international cricket. He was impressive in the T20I series. Rinku has scored run across formats in domestic cricket and yes he will get his opportunity in ODI series,” he added.

Sanju Samson, who was left out of the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2023, has been given a chance to prove himself in the three-match ODI series against South Africa. KL Rahul, the stand-in captain, discussed Samson’s role in the middle order, stating that he will bat at No.5 or 6. Rahul also mentioned Rinku Singh, who has performed well in recent T20I series, and confirmed that Singh will get an opportunity in the ODI series. If Samson performs well against South Africa, he could potentially be selected for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in 2024. The article also includes related content.


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