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This is a maiden call-up for Jitesh, who is expected to link-up with the squad early on Thursday morning in Pune.
"Samson hurt his left knee while attempting to field a ball near the boundary ropes during the first T20I," a BCCI release stated. "He was taken for scans and a specialist opinion this afternoon in Mumbai by the BCCI Medical Team and has been advised rest and rehabilitation."
Samson is believed to have picked up the injury in the 13th over of Sri Lanka's innings in the first T20I on Tuesday. His knee appeared to have got stuck on the turf as he tried to put in a slide at deep third to stop a boundary. Samson immediately left the field.
It was largely a forgettable game for Samson, as he managed just 5 in India's two-run victory. He had earlier dropped Pathum Nissanka in the first over of Sri Lanka's chase.
While Samson did not wear the wicketkeeping gloves in the first game, Jitesh has been added to India's squad as a cover for Ishan Kishan for the next two T20Is. Jitesh had a good season for Kings last year in the IPL, where he scored 234 in 12 outings with a strike rate of 163.63.
He had often played the finisher's role for the team and was one of the 16 players retained by the franchise ahead of the IPL 2023 auction.
Jitesh also had a superb 2022 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Vidarbha, scoring 224 runs in ten games at a strike rate of 175.00.
The injury to Samson might provide an opportunity for Rahul Tripathi to make his debut at his home ground. Tripathi has travelled with the squad for a while but is yet to get a game.
India lead the three-match series 1-0.