Sanju Samson will have a golden and most probably the only opportunity to impress the selectors in the IPL 2024, which will be the last major tournament before the ICC event.
Sanju Samson’s return to the India Cricket Team brought a mixed feeling among fans. While the wicketkeeper batter got a call back to ODI squad, he was snubbed for the IND vs SA T20I series, starting on December 10. His exclusion from the T20I squad has raised questions about his chances in the upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup.
Samson’s only hope for getting a spot in the T20 World Cup squad would be through a great IPL 2024 which will take place from March to May.
Samson had an ordinary IPL 2023, where he scored 362 runs in 14 matches at an average of 30.17 and a strike rate of 153.39, did not help his cause either. He also failed to lead his team to the playoffs, finishing fifth in the points table.
Sanju Samson in T20Is
However, Samson has not given up on his dream of playing for India in the T20 World Cup 2024, which will be held in USA and West Indies in June 2024.
The Kerala-born batter would be aware that the selectors will be keenly following the IPL 2024 before finalising their squad for the World Cup.
Every IPL has been an audition for young cricketers looking to find a spot in the national squad.
Varun Chakraborty in 2021, Harshal Patel and Dinesh Karthik in 2022 are few examples who found their way to the T20 World Cup squad through a sensational IPL season.
Samson will have a golden and most probably the only opportunity to impress the selectors in the IPL 2024, which will be the last major tournament before the ICC event.
However, another failure in the tournament will potentially mark the end of Samson in T20Is.
With Rishabh Pant returning back to cricketing action and youngsters Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Kishan moving uo the pecking order, the IPL 2024 campaign will prove to be a make or break season for the Rajasthan Royals’ skipper.