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Ravi Shastri wants this Indian Cricketer to be part of Indian Team for the 20-20 World Cup 2022

Former India head coach, Ravi Shastri has backed Sanju Samson to come good in the 20-20 World Cup 2022.

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Ravi Shastri: (Image Source: Twitter)

Team India are all set to play a 5-match T20 series against South Africa, starting today. They will be playing a lot of T20 internationals this year in a bid to prepare for the most important tournament this year i.e., 20-20 World Cup 2022. The highly anticipated event will be played in Australia from 16th October to 13th November 2022. 

Team India have a lot of T20 internationals scheduled before that and they would look to form the best possible squad of the perennial event. Meanwhile, former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has backed Sanju Samson to do well in Australia for the 20-20 World Cup. 

The pitches in Australia offers pace and bounce and Sanju Samson is well equipped to excel on those pitches. Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Ravi Shastri heaped praise on Sanju Samson and stated that Sanju Samson has more shots than any other batter.

“(Short ball discussion) it will come into play in these 20 games. Between Tripathi, Samson, and Iyer, there will be opportunities now. But when you look at Australia, bounce, pace, cut, pull, Samson will always threaten there. For that conditions, he has more shots than any other Indian, to be honest,” Shastri told ESPNcricinfo.

Interestingly, Sanju Samson hasn’t been picked for the upcoming T20 series against South Africa. He recently led the Rajasthan franchise to the final of the Indian T20 League 2022. Samson was the second-highest run-scorer for the team, amassing 458 runs in 17 matches at a strike rate of 149.05. 

Before the 20-20 World Cup 2022, India are likely to play at least 25 T20 internationals. Ravi Shastri believes the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah won’t play all the games but will definitely be a part of the 20-20 World Cup in Australia. 

“Because of the proximity to the World Cup, I don’t think they (Rohit, Kohli, Pant, Bumrah) will play all of these 30 games. They will be shared with others. Unless something drastic happens due to injury, I can’t see them missing out,” added former India head coach. 

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