Kerala’s star wicketkeeper Sanju Samson has been ruled out of the remaining T20Is against Sri Lanka. The right-hander has suffered a knee injury after hurting his left knee during the first game in Mumbai.
During the first T20I, Sanju Samson made a diving attempt to take a catch which resulted in the injury. Although he caught the ball, he could not hold on to it after falling to the ground. He continued fielding in the match, but, it is learnt, he later experienced swelling, because of which he was asked to take medical advice by the BCCI Medical Team. Although, he is ruled out of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. It is unlikely that he will be available for the New Zealand series.
“Team India wicket-keeper batter Sanju Samson has been ruled out of the remainder of the 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Samson hurt his left knee while attempting to field a ball near the boundary ropes during the 1st T20I at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 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,” BCCI said in a statement.
The wicketkeeper-batter did not travel with the Indian team to Pune, staying back in Mumbai for scans and a specialist opinion, and was advised rest and rehabilitation. Jitesh Sharma, the 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batter from Vidarbha, has been named Samson’s replacement.
India’s updated squad for Sri Lanka T20Is: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar.