Sanju Samson to be India’s first choice wicket-keeper in T20 World Cup 2024: Reports

According to reports, Sanju Samson, 29, is likely to be the first-choice wicket-keeper in the Indian squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The Rajasthan Royals captain is currently in scintillating form with the bat and behind the stumps in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, and he is expected to pip Rishabh Pant in the wicket-keeping role for India in the upcoming ICC tournament.

In the ongoing IPL 2024 season, Sanju Samson has taken Rajasthan Royals to the next level, playing a key role for them in winning their first eight matches out of nine in the league phase. He has scored 385 runs at an average of 77 in nine innings at a strike rate of 161.08, controlling the RR batting innings time and again from the number three batting slot.

The latest report from ESPNcricinfo stated that Sanju Samson “is likely to be the first-choice wicketkeeper as India need a spin-hitter to pair with their top three who tend to get stuck against spin.” They also spoke about how Rishabh Pant has proved his fitness on return to cricket in the IPL after a horrific car accident nearly a year and a half ago.

Jitesh Sharma, who was part of the Indian cricket team in their last T20I series against Afghanistan in January, hasn’t been in good form in the IPL 2024, which has brought his chances down as far as the call-up to the T20 World Cup 2024 is concerned. Also, KL Rahul has been batting splendidly well in the ongoing edition of the IPL, putting his name firmly in the mix for the upcoming ICC tournament.

Notably, the deadline for the squad announcement for the T20 World Cup 2024 for all the 20 participating teams is May 1.


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