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Samson wants to be a match-winner for Team India

IANS/New Delhi
Filed on November 27, 2019
Sanju Samson

For the 25-year-old, playing match-winning knocks is more important than personal glory

The likes of Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir have time and again praised the talent he possesses, but the critics have often said that consistency is an issue with Sanju Samson.

And with head coach Ravi Shastri making it clear that the spot of a batsman who can keep is still open for the World T20 in Australia next year, the question on everyone's mind is if Samson can be the answer.

Samson, who has replaced the injured Shikhar Dhawan in the T20I team for the West Indies series, said that he is open to keeping wickets and consistency isn't something that he loses sleep over.

For the 25-year-old, playing match-winning knocks is more important than personal glory.

"I have never thought of that (consistency) as an issue. What I have understood is that I am a bit different type of a player where I just feel that I should go and dominate the bowlers," Samson said.

"So, when I have a style and I am looking to dominate the bowlers, it can happen. If I focus too much on consistency, I will lose my style of batting. I don't want to change my style to be more consistent," he added.

"I like to keep things simple and when I get the opportunity I look to score big. If I get five innings, I want to score big in one or two innings and win matches for my team. Consistency win matches for my team. It is more important to play an outstanding innings to win games for my team," he explained. 

On keeping wickets. Samson says that he has never shied away from the responsibility.

"I have been keeping wickets in white-ball cricket for Kerala for the past five-six years and have also kept in the Ranji Trophy format. I keep that as an open thing. Whatever my team requires, I do it," he said.

"In the IPL, whenever my team wanted me to keep I did. But I prepare myself both as a keeper and a fielder because you never know what the team is looking at," he said. 

 


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