Sanju Samson feels that good IPL performances don’t fast-track a player to Indian Team

After performing well in a couple of seasons in the IPL, Samson could not carry forward the form into the 2016 Ranji season.


Over the years, Kerala batsman Sanju Samson has performed tremendously well in domestic cricket, and in IPL 2017 too he did well. However, he has slightly been inconsistent, which is why his place in the Indian team is still absent.

In a recent interview with The Times of India, the wicket-keeper batsman has threw light on the importance of keeping up with the fitness levels. “I had struggled with my fitness last season. Since the matches were being played in neutral venues, we had to travel a lot and it would take a toll on my body. And I would end up not making the right decisions in pressure situations. So this year, I’ve already started working on my fitness,” Samson said.

He also focused on the point that one needs to perform well in all 3 formats in domestic cricket for a national place.

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The youngster represented India in a solitary T20 International against Zimbabwe in 2015. He registered a scratchy knock of 19 runs from 24 balls and since then he hasn’t had an opportunity to play for India again.

After performing well in a couple of seasons in the IPL, Samson could not carry forward the form into the 2016 Ranji season. Knee injuries made matters worse for him.

But in IPL 10 he made 386 runs that included a ton against the Rising Pune Supergiant. The Ranji Trophy 2017 begins from October 6th and the Keralaite will be looking to make the most of it. Dav Whatmore will be coaching the Kerala Ranji Team, and hence this can be an added opportunity for him to hone his skills.

Samson has always credited Rahul Dravid for his good performances in the IPL, but this year, the mentor of Delhi Daredevils will be a new one and Samson may feel the absence of the former India captain.