Dream is to play and win the World Cup for my country: Sanju Samson on being picked for Bangladesh series
Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson looks set to make his second appearance for India T20I side as he was picked for the 3-match series against Bangladesh. While the batsman has always been oozing with talent, things haven't been as easy for him since making his India debut in 2015. Runs in the Indian Premier League and various domestic tournaments have been consistent but opportunities with the national team have still been hard to come by.
Following his maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy double ton – his first in List A cricket – the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) came into insurmountable pressure to give the talented batsman an opportunity, with former cricketer Gautam Gambhir advocating his case time and again. While Sanju would need to be at his best in order to cement a spot in the shortest format squad, the 24-year-old's big dream remains to represent India in the World Cup and win it.
“The dream is to play and win the World Cup for my country. I don’t know in which year it will happen. But that is my dream,” Sanju said in an interview with the Times of India.
On being asked about how he has changed as a player between 2015 and now, Sanju said that he has developed a better understanding of his own game now.
“I understand my game better now. I can gauge what the opposition is thinking during a game. It has come through the experience of playing a lot of games. Obviously, I am much more relaxed now when I step out onto the field. I have grown as a cricketer as well as an individual now,” said the Kerala cricketer.
About his return to the Indian team, Samson said that he has been working really hard to be a part of the 'best team in the world'.
“I am feeling very happy and excited. I have been working very hard to get into the Indian team, which is the best in the world. I am happy to do whatever role the team gives me whether it’s in the top-order or the middle-order,” said Sanju.