CHENNAI: Sanju Samson thinks that over the past few years he has prepared himself in such a way that no one will call him a one-dimensional cricketer.
The dashing goalkeeper-beater from Kerala missed the T20 World Cup ticket but understands that getting into the top 15 of the national team is harder than ever with the kind of quality that Indian cricket produces day in and day out.
“Playing different roles is something I’ve worked on for many years. I’m confident I can hit anywhere in order.”
Samson believes that to be successful, you have to be flexible.
“You shouldn’t set yourself a spot. You can’t tell people, ‘I’m an opener or I’m a finisher.’ Over the past three or four years, playing in various roles and spots (in order ) added a new dimension to my game,” he added.
The 27-year-old, who has featured in 7 ODIs and 16 T20Is so far, said finding a place in the Indian squad was tough and there was a lot of competition.
“It gets really tough. Finding a place in the Indian squad is really tough. There’s a lot of competition, even among the players who are now in the squad. When these things happen, it’s important to focus on myself”, Samson said in response to a question.
“I’m happy with my performance. I want to improve…” he added.
Samson will lead India A in the three List A matches against New Zealand Afrom Chennai from Thursday.
“The quality of cricketers we have in our squad is amazing. So it really helps everyone to raise their level. We keep challenging ourselves. We try to perform every chance we get,” said Samson.
Serie A still keeps fringe players on the selection radar and Samson is happy to lead the National A team.
“They (Indian A games) are really important. There is not much difference between an A game and an international game. The competition is almost the same. So it’s important to take advantage of the opportunities.”



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