Quadrangular A-Team One-Day Series, Darwin August 2, 2014

'Samson the future for India'

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Sanju Samson is "definitely the future" for India, according to his India A fielding and wicketkeeping coach Abhay Sharma. Samson, who turns 20 in November, was the leading run-getter for India A in their victorious campaign in the quadrangular one-day series in Darwin, Australia, with 244 runs from seven matches.

"He is definitely the future for the country," Abhay told ESPNcricinfo. "As a batsman, he is a very sensible player. He understands situations and adapts his game to them. His innings against Australia A in the opening match was outstanding. He took us close in a game we had almost lost."

Samson came in at 70 for 4 in a chase of 253, and saw his side slip further to 84 for 6. He responded with an 81 that brought down the equation to 29 needed off 23 before he was last man out. Though he failed in the final, he guided India A home in successive chases before that with scores of 55 and 49, both unbeaten.

Samson, who has been prolific at Under-19 tournaments, also had a productive season with Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2014 with 339 runs at an average of 26.07 and a strike-rate of 124.17. Before that, he made 530 runs in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 at 58.88. While he batted at No. 3 mostly for Royals, he moved down to No. 6 for India A in Darwin.

When asked if there was a case for making better use of Samson in the top order in the future, Abhay said his workload would have to be managed considering his dual utility as a batsman and a keeper. "Going forward, we will have to handle him very well, for he has to bat and keep too. He took that responsibility very well this time but we will have to work on him very carefully."

Abhay, a former Railways captain and wicketkeeper, said that Samson's keeping was also coming along quite well, and he was keen to learn. "His keeping is improving day by day. A little more work has to be done on a couple of technical things and constant monitoring is needed. He is a very good learner. He readily understands what I want to communicate and implements my plan. At times there is not even the need to speak to him and he will pick up even little signs. He has adapted very well to these conditions. A stumping he pulled off down the leg side was simply outstanding."

Abhay was also pleased with the standard of India A's ground fielding. The side claimed four run-outs in a match against the Australian National Performance Squad, and Abhay said that game stood out for him for the number of times India had found their target.

"We had 18 direct hits in that match, four of which resulted in run-outs. We had been working on target-hitting and it was great to see the intensity and momentum we created on the field. We even worked on slip catching on the second attempt when someone drops a chance the first time and Manoj (Tiwary) took one such catch in a game. It was very satisfying to see that."

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 3, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    There is a wonderful quote by Rahul Dravid-- "When I'm requested to speak to youngsters I like talking about this phase of my life and liken it to fascinating plant: The Chinese Bamboo. You can take a Chinese bamboo seed and plant it in the ground, water and nurture the seed for an entire year & not even see a single sprout. Infact, you'll not see a sprout for 5 years. But suddenly, a tiny shoot will spring from the ground. And over the next 6 weeks, the plant can grow as tall as 90 feet. It can grow as fast as 39 inches every 24 hours. You can literally watch the plant grow. What was the plant doing during these 5 years, seemingly dormant period, it was growing its roots. For 5 full years it was preparing itself for rapid, full growth. Without this root structure, the plant simply couldn't support itself for its future growth. Some would say the plant grew 90 feet in 6 weeks, I would say it grew 90ft in 5yrs and 6weeks. Please let him grow... !!

  • on August 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    mini master blaster ready to start in english sand

  • on August 6, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    its true!

  • on August 5, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Simply one sentence to describe the young lad " he is going to make our own Little Master proud. " Good luck Young SON. You are our future Sachin.

  • ramli on August 4, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Sanju Samson in test team? First let him perform well in limited overs setting consistently ... then into ODI team ... then only into tests ... One must not get carried away by performances in One-day first class features

  • Billygilly on August 4, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    HAVE YOU FORGOT PARTHIV PATEL!!!!!!???? SO SOON.IF PARTHIV CAN BE SELECTED WHY NOT SANJU ?? his debut in 2002 and when he made rani debut in 2001-2002 season. only played only few ranji games, hardly any A tours. And in Indian team always batted in top order. Even after failing miserably in many matches pursued with him till world cup 2003 saying he is Indias future so y not giva a chance to Sanju? Not even giving opportunity to bat up the order in India A team ODI games when he is on talent wise head and shoulder above others a he proved again. And India need a keeper since MSD Test carrier is almost over. He may continue till world cup in test team.. so PLEASE BCCI IF U LOVE CRICKET GIVE THE BOY CHANCE STARTING FROM T20'S and then ODI's and may be by 2015 he shall be ready for TEST at international level.

  • on August 4, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    he is the future sangakara but will play for India..

  • Naresh28 on August 4, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Samson first assignment should be with the ODI squad for the WC in Oz. We have three keepers - Samson, Ohja and Saha - all did played well in the T20 tournaments. Our current TEST team is in need of an overhaul - the players dont seem to enjoy the 5 day game. With so much young talent as well as players who on the fringes should be drafted into the Test team.

  • PaddynairBlr on August 4, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    There is a constant concentration on batting.WHAT ABOUT THE BOWLING ? That is where the problem lies.You are worried about tthe garden when the house is burning !

  • B.R.K.R on August 4, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    very surprised, he should have been called to indian team in england in place of ojha, ojha is good but samson has age on his side and definitely is one for the future, time to groom starts from now

  • on August 3, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    There is a wonderful quote by Rahul Dravid-- "When I'm requested to speak to youngsters I like talking about this phase of my life and liken it to fascinating plant: The Chinese Bamboo. You can take a Chinese bamboo seed and plant it in the ground, water and nurture the seed for an entire year & not even see a single sprout. Infact, you'll not see a sprout for 5 years. But suddenly, a tiny shoot will spring from the ground. And over the next 6 weeks, the plant can grow as tall as 90 feet. It can grow as fast as 39 inches every 24 hours. You can literally watch the plant grow. What was the plant doing during these 5 years, seemingly dormant period, it was growing its roots. For 5 full years it was preparing itself for rapid, full growth. Without this root structure, the plant simply couldn't support itself for its future growth. Some would say the plant grew 90 feet in 6 weeks, I would say it grew 90ft in 5yrs and 6weeks. Please let him grow... !!

  • on August 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    mini master blaster ready to start in english sand

  • on August 6, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    its true!

  • on August 5, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Simply one sentence to describe the young lad " he is going to make our own Little Master proud. " Good luck Young SON. You are our future Sachin.

  • ramli on August 4, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Sanju Samson in test team? First let him perform well in limited overs setting consistently ... then into ODI team ... then only into tests ... One must not get carried away by performances in One-day first class features

  • Billygilly on August 4, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    HAVE YOU FORGOT PARTHIV PATEL!!!!!!???? SO SOON.IF PARTHIV CAN BE SELECTED WHY NOT SANJU ?? his debut in 2002 and when he made rani debut in 2001-2002 season. only played only few ranji games, hardly any A tours. And in Indian team always batted in top order. Even after failing miserably in many matches pursued with him till world cup 2003 saying he is Indias future so y not giva a chance to Sanju? Not even giving opportunity to bat up the order in India A team ODI games when he is on talent wise head and shoulder above others a he proved again. And India need a keeper since MSD Test carrier is almost over. He may continue till world cup in test team.. so PLEASE BCCI IF U LOVE CRICKET GIVE THE BOY CHANCE STARTING FROM T20'S and then ODI's and may be by 2015 he shall be ready for TEST at international level.

  • on August 4, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    he is the future sangakara but will play for India..

  • Naresh28 on August 4, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Samson first assignment should be with the ODI squad for the WC in Oz. We have three keepers - Samson, Ohja and Saha - all did played well in the T20 tournaments. Our current TEST team is in need of an overhaul - the players dont seem to enjoy the 5 day game. With so much young talent as well as players who on the fringes should be drafted into the Test team.

  • PaddynairBlr on August 4, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    There is a constant concentration on batting.WHAT ABOUT THE BOWLING ? That is where the problem lies.You are worried about tthe garden when the house is burning !

  • B.R.K.R on August 4, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    very surprised, he should have been called to indian team in england in place of ojha, ojha is good but samson has age on his side and definitely is one for the future, time to groom starts from now

  • on August 4, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @anantha padmanabhan You are wrong. Sanju Samson was not out 4 times. Despite batting at 6th position, he became the leading run scorer for India A. So Don't under estimate him. In my opinion, both Kedar Jadhav & Sanju Samson must pick in the Indian ODI team. Dhawal Kulkarni & Akshar Patel bowled brilliantly. So they also must get a chance to play in the senior team.

  • on August 4, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    team for australia the tour dhawan vijay kohli pujara rahane rsharma k jadhav dhoni s samson ashwin jadeja i sharma m shami u yadav vaaron b kumar for onedayers and the world cup dhawan rohit kohli raina yuvraj rahane k jadhav n ozha dhoni jadeja ashwin rasool bkumar uyadav vaaon isharma mshami

  • on August 4, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Those who claim logic drives Indian team selection, should explain why Binny is in the team ahead of many deserving medium pace allrounders. I believe Sanju Samson has done enough with the limited opportunities presented to him and given that he comes from a plate-level Ranji team where he would not get that much opportunity to show his skills.

  • on August 3, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    India needs to utilize Samson carefully... remember a young man called parthiv patel who was picked against the Aussies at 18 but then fell out of reckoning by 21?

  • wolf777 on August 3, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    @ Anantha Padmanabhan did you play Ranji for Kerala?

  • on August 3, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Sanju will be the best player in India. He has best footwork and a good player in short balls..

  • SaiKrishna09 on August 3, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    For those who think Sanju should not be inducted to the senior team so early, please go back down the memory lane and check if any single batsman (except for Legendary Tendulkar) did as much as Sanju has achieved at 19....After Kedar Jadhav, he has been the most consistent across all formats in the past year....He has been the top scorer for India in U-19 in WC, top scorer for RR in IPL at a healthy Strike rate, top scorer for his Ranji side Kerala at an avg of 58.88 and now top scorer for India A at an avg of 81.33......impressed many cricket experts, commentators, senior players across the world, shown a mixture of excellent technique, temparament etc. Has all the shots in the book, plays with elegance and is a great timer of the ball.

    If ROHIT, KOHLI etc could have been inducted to senior side around same age, then why not SANJU SAMSON. He will only benefit from this. The guy is a top order batsman..being a keeper batsman should not go against him......

  • parikshit_Ops on August 3, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    @Anant Padmanabhan. lets not get carried away by the comparison between the two. For that matter Kedar scored runs at a strike rate of 118 far higher than that of Samson. in his first match he scored 80 odd in 50 odd balls while Samson scored 50 odd in 80 odd balls.So Kedar provided the speed while Samson ensured that someone remains at other end to avoid quick fall of wickets. Rather we should be doing the comparison of those with the members of last IND ODI Team. Rahane hasn't succeeded much in middle order. Dhawan is out of form in all formats. Rayudu has been average. Its right time to draft Kedar in One Day AND TESTS( top scorer in Ranji) since he is already 30. They should include Samson too atleast in squad. He still is young and will keep getting better and better as he is a quick learner. I hope to see him replacing Dhoni permanently in a couple of years in One Day Team. For Test, he would need to fight out in Ranji. i hope he does so and comes out with flying colours

  • Rajnish_aggarwal on August 3, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    India A won six out of seven matches in ODI series. That is really encouraging since nextODI world cup shall be played in Australia. The successful players shall get chance to represent India. Sanju Samson and Naman Ojha have great future.

  • on August 3, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    @ Naraindrra Jadhav . If you talk about stats then please be informed that Samson averages 81 meaning he was not out thrice. How much Jadhav average? He is an excellent cricketer by the way.

  • on August 3, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    @debdip ya very well quoted abt bamboo growth correlated to building up career.. sanju samson could be like Indian De kock even with his capability and consistent big scoring which he has to bit work on can be more than De kock and future valuable asset for India.. but before him naman ojha has to be looked in..He is seen as really a big hitter and attacking player , definitely a better replacement for Dhoni in wicket keeping and more than his batting esp. In overseas.. Dhoni also under scrutiny with his defensive captaincy skills and reluctant as a batsmen handing over captaincy to gambhir, or rahane would look best under circumstances.. If Dhoni not rectifying his howlers in coming 2 matches it a like more than testing some one's patience and should call him off.. time for decision and action.. cheers!!

  • on August 3, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Not just Samson,...kedhar,m.vohra, doing very well And in bowling kulkarni a.patel You all deserve chance in international matches

  • on August 3, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    @n jadhav.Yeah I accept that jadhav deserves a lot of credit.He should be playing for India considering his astounding ranji trophy where he was the highest scorer and followed it with a great IPL season.He has very consistent

  • on August 3, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Actually he didn't fail ion the Final. He was unluckily got run out

  • on August 3, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    I see him replacing Dhoni in tests sooner or later. Two good things about Sanju is that he plays the short ball well, he is a good puller and hooker, and secondly he seems to have a good head on his shoulder which is good for temperament. His technique is decent but to tighten up he needs to work on leaving balls outside off on length like Vijay has learned. Overall a great prospect.

  • 222nithin222 on August 3, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    We are a proud lot Sanju! Waiting for the day when you will don the seniors blazer! God bless!Waiting eagerly to c u conquer one of the places in Indian top order..... God is always with u sanju.....work hard and keep on impressing the selectors....

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    how come India A coach forgot mention kedar jadhav who scored 225 runs in only 4 innings as compared to Samson scored 244 in 7 innings

  • Fijicricket on August 3, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Can this win be kept a secret? Those critics can come out with - ├Ânly good at home or on flat tracks of home only etc etc

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Ok,sanju is going to serve Indian cricket for long,he has shown glimpses of brilliance in what ever we have seen.But people will start believing in him only when he converts those 20 runs of talent into 100 runs of talent.

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    samson definitely deserve a chance in world cup 2015....Now he can be seen as a reserve wicketkeeper....

  • y4yoga on August 3, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    I don't unserstand when few here mentioning a player of 20 still yet to make a big impression at the domestic level, to replace Dhoni, and make him captain. I clearly don't understand on what basis they say..

  • binkuvarghese88 on August 3, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    MSD7 made his debut for India at the age of 23, let SS9 also wait till 2017

  • on August 3, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    he is talented young batsman and he is showing much more temperament than any other Indian batsman today. he is a great prospect for India. he can be an another legendary batsman for INDIA.but firstly selectors have to give him cuance at the national level in the senior team.

  • jo_n on August 3, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Sanju samson can be groomed along side dhoni and he is capable of captaining indian team might happen in future.

  • SatishTembey on August 3, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    I am surprised with comment that "Sanju Samson should wait, because he is 20 years old". Now there is lot of cricket, and therefore retirement age is reduced - May be can play till max 3y years. Also due to more cricket at domestic level, player are matured early. Therefore now youngster should be promoted to national team at the age of 18-19 years.

  • yogicoolboy on August 3, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Hope he plays for India one day. very good prospect

  • on August 3, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    definately a big bonus for India..A wicketkeeper who can make a side as pure batsman as well..He will get his chance sooner than later..

  • Mervo on August 3, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Looks a reasonable prospect if he can bat on wickets out side of India. However, T20 and the huge money from the betting industry could destroy his technique and temperament.

  • subcontinent-expert on August 3, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Alexk400- "WEAK" really..?? Look at his shots buddy..!! His shots have more power at 19 than it was with Raina/Kohli when they were 19.... Check it on you tube and you will know what i mean...

  • on August 3, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    dhoni should be dropped for these final two test matches. sanju Samson should be brought in and be made Indian captain as he has a huge prospect.

  • on August 3, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    yes kedhar jadav s a very good attacking stands even for the final matches with his performance.. definitely he needs to be considered for England odis.. samson also high prospect for India but throws away his wicket in final like crucial matches..He has to be more consistent. tiwary, all rounder rishi dhawan, akshar, karan , (also including sandeep sharma didn't play) are all big finds of this series..

  • on August 3, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    I even feel Kedar Jadhav is also highly talented attacking batsman and he deserves national call. Dhoni wont trust young cricketers that easily. That is the reason he will give chances to people whom he trusts (though they fails continuously). Until he changes his thinking process, young talent in India will be wasted and India has to suffer huge losses (will become subcontinent bulls only). If Dhoni is captain to England team he would have removed Moeen Ali from the team (as he did to Binny). See what difference Moeen made in the third test. Binny deserves more chances than just two matches (where he saved one test). Under Raina's captaincy Binny has taken 6 wickets for 4 runs. When Binny's confidence is in the growing phase, here comes our national hero Dhoni to stop it..

  • balaji28 on August 3, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    kedar jadhav deserves a odi and I am really impressed by his batting abilities and why don't he be given a odi cap.Why nothing has been mentioned regarding kedar jadhav?

  • on August 3, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    no one mention kedar jadhave,,dude just check his record and consistency. better player in every mean than rohit sharma.

  • Gowza on August 3, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    samson can play as a pure bat as sell, doesn't just have to be included as a keeper, even still i'd take him over dhoni in tests. jadhav did well to and is worth a shot and tiwary didn't do too bad on this tour, india need to stock up on batsmen who can bat consistently outside of home.

  • Rajah_skn on August 3, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    'Samson the future for India' - But until Dhoni retired, his future is in question.

  • nkoch on August 3, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Well dons Sanju and he surely is one of the bright propects but look at the stats. Kedar Jadhav was the most prolific batsman for India in this series. He's played 4 out of 7 matches, and scored in every one of them at an average above 56 and strike rate of 118. Wonder why he didn't play all 7 matches. He's finished the job twice. He should be playing for India ahead of anyone else.. be it Tiwari or Rayudu or Samson.

  • on August 3, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    De Kock, Whiteman and Samson. This year is definitely turning out to be the year of the "future star wicketkeeper".

  • jimbond on August 3, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    I am sure Samson would be in a bit of a dilemma- whether to focus only on batting or try to make it as a keeper batsman. I feel he could be tried out in the shorter formats immediately- especially to relieve some pressure from Dhoni and to give Dhoni a rest (Because Dhoni is also very good in limited overs cricket). The problem area is in Samson's wicketkeeping. Though he has been competent behind the stumps in IPL and has shown some brilliant takes, it was baffling to see that he did't keep for Kerala. It may make professional sense for Samson to shift to some other team in Ranji where he may get the chance to keep wickets as well.

  • INDSlider on August 3, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    @ Temuzin: These days playing for "A" team is not much different to playing in international team. This Aus "A" team had all the players who played for the country (either tests or ODI) except Stoinis, Neville, Boyce and Sandhu. SA "A" also had at least 5 players who played for their country at the top level. It is good for him first to reveal against lower ranked teams. But, no doubt he would do well with the top class teams as well.

  • Clyde on August 3, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    It is not only two early to judge him but the competition was in the one-day format. World cricket is stymied as to who to select, because of the insufficiency of competitions over at least four days.

  • vkias_vkumar. on August 3, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Sanju Sampson should make the vice captain of the Indian National team while Buvaneshwar should make the captain. Dhoni should be sacked!!

  • on August 3, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    do u people know when sachin comes to play his first international game.......talented players need not to wait outside 4 a chance....

  • SatishTembey on August 3, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    I agree Sanju Samson is promising and will make difference to Indian cricket. It is long time time , India is missing wicketkeeper batsman. Dhoni is struggling and has rarely batted sensibly to pull India out of trouble. I think Farook was last, who was a real wicketkeeper batsman. However Can Indian selector pickup players at right time? Also can Dhoni promote young cricketer and allow him to get some big match practice ! Dhoni, who was propagating for youngster, should realise that he is ageing and should allow youngsters to take his position.

  • Alexk400 on August 3, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    I thought abharjith would be in indian team before samson. But i think samson is too tiny to be in indian team. he is club player at best. very weak physically

  • Johnny_129 on August 3, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    Congrats to Samson - No doubt he will make a great player for India. Also, what's happened to Safaraz Khan - He was the best performing U19 player - Deserved a run in the A team. However, India's failure is in pace bowling and that's what the team needs, desperately. Still no decent pace bowler in site! India should be concentrating on developing/ finding 4 or 5 excellent pacers.

  • Sexysteven on August 3, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    I think Samson is ready to play for India now I would pick him in the test team he looks good enough he could play as a batsmen at six and take the gloves down the track it would be ashame to protect him to much when I think he's ready to make the step up now I know the ipl is adifferent format to test cricket but he's facing some classy bowlers in that comp and handling them with ease to me he's so ready for international cricket if your good enough your old enough in my book

  • on August 2, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Definately Samson is India' s next superstar. I saw him batting in the IPL, he was just unstoppable and the kind of attitude is carrying even those who have spent a decade in international cricket they even cant chase him. A beautiful scene of cricket when he arrives to rhe batting crease. Keeps calm, he lets his bat talking rather showing aggresion though words. BCCI should understand the kind of form he is in and it is the best time when he sould represent the most famous cricket team of the globe.

  • on August 2, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Gambhir, sehwag, kohli, Raina ,rohit ,yuvraj, dhoni, harbhajan, mohit,Bhubaneswar ,umesh ,Amit mishra.

  • on August 2, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    @Sai Anand...if a player fails 10 out of 9 and performs only in 1, it cannot be considered, there are other better players than Ishant and jadeja, they should be given atleast few chances 3 atleast.rather than waiting for them to perform once in blue moon by costing the team to loose.inviduals are not importnat team is important.you should judge a player by his talent not by any other factors or favouritism .if sachin wouldnt have got an oppurtunity at young age ,what would have happened...look now he a gerat Legend of Indian cricket ( God of Indian cricket)..think practically dude....at his age 19 samson is performing this way,defenitely he should be given a chance. defenitely selectors will give....do you dont be frustrated be cool...he deserved a praise..thats what this article is all about...the indian A coach is not fool to say this. he is qualified to say this...did u play atleast club level cricket....

  • TomDeSailor on August 2, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    @Sai Anand You're hilarious.. Ishant & Jaddu, both were extremely lucky at Lord's.. And is 'performing' in one match after 20 failures is a justification? Also. u were saying that Dhoni is doing it for team's future.. You judge yourself, who is a better spinner & better batsman, Ashwin or Jadeja? Jadega, Dhoni, Dhawan, They dont have the temperament to play test cricket overseas.. Accept it.. Dhoni must quit tests now.. Let new faces come in..

  • Temuzin on August 2, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Its too early to judge him. Playing an A team is vastly different than playing a national 11. He should be eased into playing against Bangladesh/Zimbabwe and WI to see how he performs against these teams (not A team).

  • on August 2, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    India squad for England ODIs: Dhawan, Rohit, Rahane, Vohra, Tiwary, Kohli, Raina, Samson, Jhadav, Dhoni, Akshar, Rishi Dhawan, Bhuvi, Mohit, Yadav, Kulkarni, Aaron. I left out Jadeja on purpose.... He couldn't even do what an English part timer did on a track like the ones in India. Also, Ashwin's selection would depend on how well be does in the remaining Tests, if he gets a chance, that is. If Ashwin isn't playing, then I'll take in Karn Sharma and Rassol as covers and keep Akshar as the main spinner.

    India's team for the ODI WC could be something like, Vohra, Jhadav, Kohli, Raina, Rahane, Tiwary, Naman, Dhoni, Samson, Rishi, Akshar, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Yadav, Aaron, Shami, Mohit, Kulkarni, Karn Sharma.

    Ishant should be made test specialist so that he can stay injury free. Hoping to see some new faces in India team, at least in WI series, If not the England one.

  • on August 2, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    guys come on just after reading the article that Samson is the leading scorer in this series pls don't start blaming dhoni is stubborn that he keep choosing jadeja n Ishant...this is not a street cricket where u pick another guy if one is not playing well....the more u let the player to play more games u would see proper player in mean time...this is exactly what dhoni is doing if he didnt give more chance to jaddu in one day then u would see jadeja as one of the best all rounder. .if not dhoni give more chance to ishant u wouldn't seen the ishant performance in Lord's...its all the Trust n chance groom players....let samson play more first class n even the article says he is the future of indian team...what ever dhoni does the plan is for future n team sake...its really frustrating to see guys posting their playing xi pls try to understand it's an international cricket not the one you play

  • on August 2, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Naman Ojha , another wicket keeper batsman did better than Sanju in IPL as well as in Australia A tour. That's why he is in the team and not Samson. Samson needs to beat his competition.

  • on August 2, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Indian selectors are actually smarter than people give them credit for. They realise the needs of the team currently and in the near future. They know Dhoni isn't going to be around forever, and that for series like the WI, BAN, and other lower ranked teams, Dhoni might opt out, and that's why they've made sure to pick wicket keeper batsmen like Samson, Ohja to test their skills, abs keep them ready to fill in Dhoni 's place when the need arises. Samson, in particular, has shown that Dhoni-esque temperament in chasing any scores and playing with even tail enders. It's clear they want him to fit into that finisher role. Jhadav, Rishi Dhawan have been immediately rewarded for having a brilliant Ranji season. At the same time, they haven't ignored the IPL success stories of Akshar Patel, Karn Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Uthappa, Vohra. Meanwhile, they've also shown confidence in Manoj Tiwary , Yadav, Rayudu, Kulkarni, who've been on sidelines for far too long too. Kudos.

  • jimwhatever on August 2, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    the problem with team selection is that dhoni is a stubborn who wants to include his favourites in his team. eg. on what merit is jadeja playing in the test team. also there is no need to avoid Samson for he is a keeper. he is a greatly talented batsman

  • Broose2255 on August 2, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Definitely sanju should be given a chance soon..

  • on August 2, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Indian ODI Squad for England - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Sanju Samson, Manoj Tiwary, Naman Ojha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kedhar Jadhav, Rishi Dhawan, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Akshar Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Dhawal Kulkarni

  • on August 2, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    The way he bats makes him different from others... how he used to pick the length of balls is superb... and we can see the beauty of batting... after Sachin, and Dravid... well, it's so early to compare with those legends... still he have the potential to be there... such an awesome player...

  • on August 2, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Congrats, so you are near Indian team, Nice to hear like these words about him. Keep it up Sanju. So many players utilized well their chance, Kedhar Jadhav, Parvez Razool, Baba, Ojha, Rishi Dhawan, Akshar Patel, Manoj Tiwary, Mohnish Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni and also M Vohra. Promising all rounder's so many included. This is good sign for Indian cricket.

  • rcb4life on August 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Sanju is the best young player in India!! To average 80 and that too coming in at No 6 and performing consistently when the side needs him speaks volumes off his talent. The icing on the cake for the cricket loving public in India is that he is in the mould of Sachin and Dravid in terms of his temperament as he is one of the most well behaved young cricketers in India. Noone would have seen Sanju swearing or hurling abuses and thats wat makes him special!! He will be the next master blaster.

  • nursery_ender on August 2, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Poor sod being lumbered with a tag like that. Why not just let him get on with his game?

  • Aashiyer on August 2, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Sanju should not give up his wicket though like he did for some games in rajasthan

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Sanju is not the future, but the present of India.Give him a break right away. Far less talented players have been given chances at a younger age than him.

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Dhoni 2 in the making, future of Indian batting is bright. Another one gem is Sarfaraz Khan

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    yes he should be an asset for indian cricket team after dhoni....

  • naren1983 on August 2, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Super Samson. BCCI provided great facility and good steps to him to learn, first he played IPL, U19, Ranji season and now including him in India A for outside India tours. Everybody was saying he should play with Team India, but BCCI has done the right job for him, instead of not bringing him into National side directly, he was asked to play at different levels. Now, he is eligible and matured right enough to play with Team India. But I believe again BCCI will include him into T20 first, then into ODI after WC 2015.

  • jpjpjp59 on August 2, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    go samson....definetely the future keeper for india

  • jimmyvida on August 2, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Samson and Ojha will be great bench warmers as long as the great Dhoni wants to play. Sorry.

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    A brilliant player in the making!!

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    As a Kerala person I am glad to read this. All the best Sanju. God bless you.

  • virendra_s on August 2, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    He is the next big thing to happen to Indian cricket - mark my words.should have been on Eng tour for tests.

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Sanju should be given a chance in england and australia odi series to prove his ability and secure himself a place inthe 2015 World Cup...

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Sanju should be given a chance in england and australia odi series to prove his ability and secure himself a place inthe 2015 World Cup...

  • virendra_s on August 2, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    He is the next big thing to happen to Indian cricket - mark my words.should have been on Eng tour for tests.

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    As a Kerala person I am glad to read this. All the best Sanju. God bless you.

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    A brilliant player in the making!!

  • jimmyvida on August 2, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Samson and Ojha will be great bench warmers as long as the great Dhoni wants to play. Sorry.

  • jpjpjp59 on August 2, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    go samson....definetely the future keeper for india

  • naren1983 on August 2, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Super Samson. BCCI provided great facility and good steps to him to learn, first he played IPL, U19, Ranji season and now including him in India A for outside India tours. Everybody was saying he should play with Team India, but BCCI has done the right job for him, instead of not bringing him into National side directly, he was asked to play at different levels. Now, he is eligible and matured right enough to play with Team India. But I believe again BCCI will include him into T20 first, then into ODI after WC 2015.

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    yes he should be an asset for indian cricket team after dhoni....

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Dhoni 2 in the making, future of Indian batting is bright. Another one gem is Sarfaraz Khan

  • on August 2, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Sanju is not the future, but the present of India.Give him a break right away. Far less talented players have been given chances at a younger age than him.