With both Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul in England along with the Test squad, the upcoming matches against Sri Lanka – 3 one-dayers and 3 t20is – provide a great opportunity for Samson and Kishan to showcase their talent and skill further internationally.
Although both were conspicuous in the IPL, their short international careers so far have been contrasting – Samson averaged 11.86 in 7 T20Is with a best of 23, while Kishan hit a dazzling fifty on his debut T20I- match against England in March this year.
However, Samson was in form in the IPL 2021 while leading the Rajasthan Royals; Kishan, on the other hand, was scrapped due to lack of form from the eleven of Mumbai Indians.
Mohammad Kaif believes that Samson is likely to have the preference for the ODIs because of his greater experience than Kishan.
“It’s going to be a very difficult task for Rahul Dravid as coach and Shikhar Dhawan as captain. There are only six games and you have a large group. But I think Sanju Samson has been there the last few years. He has played for India before. He is going to New Zealand, Australia. He was also captain of Rajasthan Royals, “said Mohammad Kaif in a virtual interaction organized by Sony Sports.
‘I think in the one-day matches Rahul Dravid and Shikhar Dhawan would prefer those who have already played for India. The experienced players can get preference in the first few games. Sanju is one of them, ”he adds.
Kuldeep and Chahal may play together: Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif is also positive that the leg-turning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal can play together in the same eleven again. The pair, often known as ‘Kul-Cha’, have not played in a one-day match since the 2019 World Cup match against England – more than two years later they are likely to be reunited – as both have struggled for rights shape and durability. at the highest level.
However, they face stiff competition from Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham and Varun Chakravarthy.
‘Kuldeep and Chahal may be playing together. They have not played together for a long time. Kuldeep has not played regularly in the last few months. He will look forward to making a mark. The senior players will get the first preference and from there they will see how it goes, ”said the former batsman.