Sanju will be exceptional for India in the T20 WC, believes Sangakkara

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New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) Former Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara believes Sanju Samson can thrive at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup if he wins the race to be India's first-choice wicket-keeper.

Samson, who is being coached by Sangakkara, has been in excellent form with the Rajasthan Royals the IPL 2024. In 11 games, the right-hander has amassed an incredible 471 runs while picking up seven dismissals in his wicket-keeper role and has led the team to eight victories in 11 games as a captain.

Samson will compete against the returning Rishabh Pant to be the wicketkeeper for the 20-over showcase in the USA and the West Indies as India selected two specialist keepers in their 15-player team for the T20 World Cup, which takes place next month.

"He's a special player and when he's fresh and focused there's nothing he can't do," Sangakkara said to ICC. "He's a humble, grounded guy... not much on social media. He tends to like a lot of privacy, and cares for the rest of the group.

"Those are great qualities to have apart from talent and skill. I think he'll be exceptional in that group going to the World Cup,” he added.

Even though Samson has been one of the best keeper-batters in the IPL lately, the 29-year-old has only played 25 T20I matches for India since making his debut against Zimbabwe in 2015 and was also not selected for India in the 2022 T20 World Cup.

However, Sangakkara believes that Samson is a more mature player now than he was in the past and that a new mental strategy is enabling him to play to the best of his abilities.

"With Sanju, the biggest thing about this season for him is having a lot of clarity about the way he should bat. There are certain stages of the game that he seems to lose a bit of concentration, which we've addressed from past seasons.

"He's changed his mindset about the importance of rest and recovery, rather than just training all the time and being tired mentally and physically. The rest is his exceptional ability,” he concluded.

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