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‘No Longer a Newbie’: Gautam Gambhir Wants Sanju Samson to ‘Win Games For the Country’ in T20 World Cup 2024

Written by Abhishek Patil

As the T20 World Cup approaches, Sanju Samson’s inclusion in the Indian squad has taken the cricketing circles by storm. Former Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir believes it is now time for the wicketkeeper-batter to step up his game and shine in national colours.

Speaking in an interview with Sportskeeda Cricket, the T20 World Cup winner, revealed that it doesn’t take too much time to see the quality in a player and Samson has to now take his game forward to win matches for the country like he has done for his franchise in the Indian Premier League. With all the experience under his belt, it is high time for the Indian international to showcase his potential on the biggest stage.

Despite not being at his best when playing for the Indian team, Sanju has taken his game to a new level in the ongoing edition of the IPL where he has shown the ability to bat while reading the game to take the momentum away from the opposition and lead Rajasthan Royals to the playoffs under his leadership. Gambhir now believes that with enough experience under his belt, he should now be able to step up and do the same for the country. 

Gambhir said, “Sanju has the ability and now he has the opportunity. If he does get the chance to play in the World Cup, make sure to win the games for the country. You’re no longer a newbie and now, you’ve tasted international cricket and done well in the IPL and now you have the opportunity to play in the World Cup”.

The former India international believes that delivering in a tournament as big as the World Cup will be crucial if Samson is to solidify his spot in the national side for a longer period as the entire world takes notice of your performances in the marquee tournaments.

“Hopefully, Sanju can showcase his ability at that stage. When you do show what you’re about in a tournament like the World Cup, the entire world notices,” said the former India opener.

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