Sanju Samson recalled to India's T20I squad as a replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan

Sport360 staff 10:59 27/11/2019
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Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Sanju Samson is back in the India T20I squad after the wicketkeeper batsman was called up as a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan for the upcoming series against the West Indies.

Samson, who has made just one previous T20 appearance for India, was earlier recalled to the side after a gap of more than four years in the recent series against Bangladesh. However, the Kerala man failed to get a single game in the three-match series with Rishabh Pant taking the gloves for all clashes.

Samson was then dropped by the selectors when they announced the squad for the Windies series but has now found a way back following an injury to Dhawan.

Dhawan sustained a deep cut to his knee in a recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy clash against Maharashtra with the southpaw subsequently getting stitches on the wound. The BCCI medical team has assessed that Dhawan’s stitches will need some more time to come off and as such, the team management has called up Samson as a replacement.

Meanwhile, India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha underwent a successful surgery on his finger in Mumbai on Tuesday. Saha had fractured his right ring finger in the recent pink-ball Test between India and Bangladesh in Kolkata, following which he was advised to get surgery by a hand and wrist specialist.

The wicketkeeper will now undergo a period of rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

India and West Indies face-off in a three-match T20I series with the first of the clashes set to take place in Hyderabad on December 6.

India updated T20I squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sanju Samson.

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