Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India star batsman Mohammad Kaif has thrown his weight behind wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson to be included in the Indian squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023 to be played at home. 

 As per Kaif, Sanju’s inclusion in the squad will solve the middle order issue that has been concerning the Men in Blue after injuries to some of the key players.

“I am massively impressed by Samson. He played an impactful knock, whether at four or five, he has done it in the past. Sending Ishan Kishan or Axar Patel in the middle-order is not a great idea,” said Kaif.

“You need someone who can play left-arm spin, leg spin and Samson can do that. His knock in the third ODI came under pressure and he is ready for the World Cup,” he added.

Notably, with Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul out with injuries, Samson and Suryakumar Yadav were give chances to bat in the middle order in the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies. Samson played two games and scored a brilliant fifty in the final game to help India clinch the series 2-1.