new Delhi: Australian veteran Shane Warne is heavily influenced by Rajasthan Royals (RR) star batsman Sanju Samson and feels that a good performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) will ensure his place in the Indian team in all formats Can.
Sanju Samson has been doing consistently well for the last few years and there has been discussion about this brilliant batsman from Kerala playing regularly with the national team. In this season of IPL too, such discussions have gained momentum from his two innings of 74 and 85 runs.
Rajasthan Royals team mentor Shane Warne feels that the day is not far when Samson will represent the national team in all formats.
Warne has said, ‘Hopefully Sanju will show a good game in the tournament this year. If he consistently performs well in the tournament this year, I think you will see him representing India in all formats.
He said, ‘Samson is a talented player. I have seen many talented cricketers in my time but I have seen Samson practicing on the nets, I have been in touch with him over the years and I have seen him moving forward and so I feel he is special ‘.
Warne said, “He is rich in special skills and I hope to make a big international debut soon”.
Shane Warne is also impressed to see Steve Smith making his first innings debut in T20 cricket, who has so far scored two half-centuries in two matches. He said, ‘I like to open his innings. I have always believed that your best players should get a chance to play more balls. So for me Jose Butler, Steve Smith and Sanju are the first, second and third players respectively. This is my way of working ‘.
Even Warne believes that head coach Andrew Macdonald should not make any changes to the top three under any circumstances.
He said, ‘The views of Steve Smith and Andrew Macdonald may be different but I always wish that my best players get the chance to play the most balls. We have many players who can play different types of roles but personally I want Steve Smith in the top ‘.
Warne believes the Royals will become a strong team on any kind of pitch if Ben Stokes joins the team. Warne said, “Hopefully Ben Stokes will play his role this year.” He is missing a lot but we understand his situation. It will become a great team when Ben joins the team ‘.