Runs in IPL don't guarantee India berth: Sanju Samson

Kerala's Sanju Samson wh lost his form in the Ranji Trophy, was troubled by a knee injury and faced disciplinary issues with Kerala Cricket Association. But Samson bounced back in style in the IPL this year, finishing as Delhi Daredevils' highest scorer with 386 runs.

However, the Kerala youngster is not taking anything for granted. He hopes to impress in the upcoming season of the Ranji Trophy.

"I have realized that doing well in IPL doesn't guarantee a berth in the Indian side. You need to perform consistently in the domestic season and be in a good shape if you want to get selected in the Indian side. That's what I am aiming for," he pointed out.

However, with wicketkeepers like Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in fray, Samson knows the road to the Indian side won't be easy. Under the circumstances, he is even willing to let go of his keeping gloves. "I had focused on wicket-keeping a lot during my initial years. But nowadays, I have been asked to field as well. I never knew I would be fielding in IPL this season. So it is crucial that I prepare as a fielder in addition to keeping. I need to be prepared for all situations," he said.

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