‘It was long overdue’: Gautam Gambhir happy with Sanju Samson’s inclusion in T20 squad

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Published: October 25, 2019 12:37 PM

Gambhir has been advocating for the talented Kerala cricketer's inclusion in the Indian team for a long time. Samson played his sole match for India - a T20 - in July 2015.

Sanju Samson, Gautam Gambhir, India vs BangladeshSamson played his sole match for India – a T20 – in July 2015. (File Photo/PTI)

Sanju Samson in T20 team: Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir is a happy man after Sanju Samson was selected in the Indian T20 team for the three-match series against Bangladesh, saying it was “long overdue”.

Gambhir has been advocating for the talented Kerala cricketer’s inclusion in the Indian team for a long time. The series against Bangladesh starts November 3.

“This is well & truly through the gap by @IamSanjuSamson!!! Congratulations on being picked in the T20 squad. Soft hands, nimble feet and hopefully a sane head…go Sanju grab ur moment, long overdue,” Gambhir tweeted.

Samson played his sole match for India — a T20 — in July 2015 when a second- string team toured Zimbabwe. He was 19 then.

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Since that high, it has been a roller-coaster ride for the wicketkeeper-batsman, who has been dropped from the Kerala team on disciplinary grounds.

He has not been consistent enough, has had fitness issues but every now and then, he came up with innings befitting his rich batting talent.

One such knock happened earlier this month — an unbeaten 212 — the highest individual score in the history of Vijay Hazare Trophy, which eventually paved the way for his return in the national side.

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