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’10 years of lots and lots of failures…’: Sanju Samson on his World Cup selection | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Team India is gearing up for their opening match in the T20 World Cup 2024 against Ireland at the Nassau County Stadium in New York on June 5 and wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson expressed confidence in his preparation for the T20 showpiece event.
Samson appeared quietly confident in his abilities, acknowledging that the tournament could put his skills to the test.
“This is the most prepared or experienced Sanju Samson coming into a World Cup actually. 10 years of lots and lots of failures, a few successes here and there, life and cricket have taught me everything I need to know ahead of this crucial tournament,” said Samson in a video interview posted by the BCCI.

Samson, the captain of the Rajasthan Royals, showcased his finest batting performance in the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL). His consistent run-scoring throughout the tournament propelled his team into the playoffs.
He scored 531 runs in 15 innings at a strike rate of 153.47 and was fifth in the final Orange Cap standings.
Samson admitted that amidst the intense pressure of the IPL, he couldn’t help but ponder about his chances of being selected for the upcoming World Cup.
“The IPL itself covered all my mind space, there was a lot to do, a lot to think about. Being the captain of the side, my mind was always occupied. But somewhere in the back of my mind it was there because World Cup selections were also around, it was a huge thing.”
Reflecting on his recent batting performances, Samson acknowledged that his aggressive intent to make every ball count may have played a role in earning him a spot in the World Cup squad. However, he remained cautious and mindful of potential selection issues as well.
“One of the best things that could happen to my career was those shots we keep on playing, and I knew that I had a reasonably good season in the IPL where I do have my chances to get in. But at the same time, I know how tough it is. It depends on what the team wants, and the combination the team and selectors and management are looking for,” he added.
“But the moment I got convinced that Sanju you are ready, life and cricket gave back to me. So that’s how I like to look at it – another great moment,” Samson concluded.
With in-form Rishabh Pant also in the side, it still remains to be seen whether Samson will get the opportunity to play in any of the games during the T20 World Cup.

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