Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim is keeping a watchful eye on the potential inclusion of Sanju Samson in the ODI World Cup squad, particularly if KL Rahul's fitness remains a concern.
Despite boasting an impressive ODI record, Samson was recently designated as a standby player for the Asia Cup squad, with Rahul's return to the fold following a prolonged absence.
KL Rahul has been in exceptional form, accumulating 390 runs from 12 ODI innings at an impressive average of 55.71, coupled with a striking strike rate of 104.00. However, Samson showcased his mettle in the crucial ODI series decider against the West Indies, contributing a pivotal 51 runs.
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Furthermore, his significant partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad during the second T20I against Ireland, rescuing India from a precarious position at 34 for two and steering them to a commanding total of 185 for five, underscored his worthiness for consideration.
Speaking in the wake of a rain-soaked third T20I, Saba Karim reflected on the positive aspects of the series and highlighted Samson's potential role in the World Cup squad if Rahul's fitness remains uncertain.
Karim articulated his thoughts on Jio Cinema, saying, “But on top of that, even Sanju Samson, for that matter. Sanju Samson remains in the reckoning. In case KL Rahul is not fit, then who do the selectors look at?
“So Samson comes in as a replacement for KL Rahul. So that is why those 40 valuable runs in the 2nd T20I outing at number four was a huge positive for India.”
Additionally, Karim praised the resurgence of fast bowler Prasidh Krishna, noting the substantial improvement in his performance compared to the previous year's tour of Ireland.
As India's preparations for the ODI World Cup intensify, the competition for spots in the squad continues to be a compelling narrative to follow.