Eyes on Sanju Samson! India-Sri Lanka first T20 today; Rohit and company to continue the race

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Fans are wondering if Sanju Samson will wear the Indian jersey again. Rohit Sharma’s words of hope.

Lucknow, First Published Feb 24, 2022, 7:35 AM IST

Lucknow: The India-Sri Lanka Twenty20 series (IND vs SL 1st T20I) starts today. India will be without Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. The first match will be played in Lucknow at 7 pm. Team India will take on Sri Lanka at the top of the world rankings. The Indian team is also excited to sweep the ODI and T20 series against the West Indies. Fans are wondering if Malayalee star Sanju Samson will wear the Indian jersey again.

Injury concern, more opportunity for youngsters

The Indian team suffered a setback due to injury while facing the islanders. Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Chahar, the players of the series against the Windies, will be sidelined due to injuries. Sanju Samson is likely to join the team as he does not include substitutes. Along with Rohit, Ruthuraj Gaikwad or Ishant Kishan will open the innings. At the same time, there is no concern about India’s bowling. Ravi Bishnoi, who has done well in his debut series, is also likely to be considered.

With the T20 World Cup coming up this year, the series will be crucial for Sri Lanka as well. Vanindu Hazaranga, who is still in isolation, will not play today. Sri Lanka lost 4-1 to Australia. India’s 14 wins in 22 matches against Sri Lanka in the Twenty20 head-to-head clash gives Rohit and his team more chances.

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Will Sanju play?

The non-inclusion of substitutes in the squad and the words of Indian captain Rohit Sharma about Sanju at the press conference have raised hopes that the player will be included in the squad. With the T20 World Cup looming in Australia more than eight months ago, Rohit shared some hopeful words from Sanju Samson. Rohit praised Saunju as a player who can win the game alone. Sounju, who is adapting to the Australian conditions, will be given confidence and support. The Indian captain said that Sanju will be considered for the World Cup squad.

Rohit Sharma’s press conference

Rohit on Sanju: ‘Will not give up, he is part of World Cup plans’; Rohit Sharma about Sanju Samson

Last Updated Feb 24, 2022, 7:40 AM IST

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