2023 Asia Cup champions India are scheduled to take on Australia in a 3-match ODI series from September 22. The ODI series is vital to India’s preparations for the World Cup that starts next month. Team India’s squads for the Indo-Australia ODI series were announced on Monday. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been included in the squad while Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will miss the first two ODIs and KL Rahul will lead Team India’s line-up in those matches. Wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson will also not play the ODI series and, moreover, he is also not part of India’s World Cup squad.
Sanju Samson matches for India
Sanju Samson played his first international match in 2014.
Despite making his international debut in 2014, he has made less than 50 international appearances for India.
-So far, he has played 13 ODIs for India, scoring 390 runs at an average of 55.71 and a strike rate of 104.00 in 12 innings. He has scored three half-centuries, with a best score of 86*.
-Talking about his T20 stats, 374 runs in 24 matches and 21 innings at an average of 19.68 and a strike rate of 133.57. He also scored a half-century, his best score being 77.
– Samson was last selected to play during the West Indies tour from July to August this year. While he scored a half-century in his last ODI and a total of 60 runs in two matches, he failed to score during the T20I series. He scored just 32 runs in just three innings, with a best score of 13.
– He was selected as a traveling reserve for the Asia Cup in Pakistan and Sri Lanka as KL Rahul missed the first two matches due to a gig. However, Kuala Lumpur’s comeback during the Super Four stage and Ishan Kishan’s consistent run of results meant that he was unable to play even a single match.
In 152 matches in the Indian Premier League, he scored 3,888 runs at an average of 29.23 and a strike rate of just over 137. He scored three centuries and 20 fifties, with a best score of 119.
India lineup for first 2 ODI: KL Rahul (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed . . Al-Shami, Muhammad. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
India’s lineup for the final ODI: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel ( Subject to fitness), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed. Al-Shami, Muhammad. Lamp.
(With inputs from Annie)
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Updated: Sep 21, 2023, 10:10 AM IST