Not Ishan Kishan! Mohammad Kaif thinks 28-year-old WK-Batter player Sanju Samson is ‘ready for the World Cup’

Mohammad Kaif thinks Sanju Samson is ready for the 2023 ODI World Championship

The former Indian batter feels that the 28-year-old star batter goalkeeper, who is not Ishan Kishan, is ready for the 2023 ODI World Championship.

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  • India will host the ICC Men’s ODI World Championship in 2023.
  • In total, 10 teams will take part in the mega-event.
  • Mohammad Kaif thinks Sanju Samson is ready for the World Cup.
The 2023 ICC Men’s ODI World Championship starts in a couple of months in India. A total of 10 teams will face each other in 48 matches across 10 venues to win the grand prize. Like every other ICC tournament, Team India will once again be favorites for the title. The Men in Blue have not won an ICC trophy since they won the Champions Trophy in 2013. This year, the two-time ODI World Cup winners hope to end a decade-long wait for the ICC trophy.

With only two months left before the start of the ODI World Championship, there is a lot of talk about which players should be selected to compete in the ODI World Championship. While Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill are almost certain to be selected, there is still so much uncertainty about other positions. Due to Shreyas Iyer’s injuries, K.L. Rahul and Rishaba Pant’s middle order for the Indian team is still undecided and there is no clarity as to who will play as the wicket.

Amid chaos and confusion over who to pick for the ODI World Cup, former Indian midfielder Mohammad Kaif advocated for the inclusion of 28-year-old Sanju Samson in the World Cup squad. According to him, the cricketer from Kerala is ready for the World Cup and can excel at the average level.

“I am very impressed with Samson. He made a spectacular blow, whether at four or five; he has done this in the past,” Kaif told reporters on Wednesday on the sidelines of the book launch.

“Sending Kishan or Aksar Patel to the middle order is not a good idea. You need someone who can play left arm spin and leg spin, and Samson can do that. His knockout in the third ODI came under pressure and he is ready for the World Championship,” he added.

Samson finished 4th for India in the third ODI against the West Indies on Tuesday (August 1) and scored 51 runs from 41 balls. During his time at the warehouse, the right-wicket-batsman hit four sixes and two fours.

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