Sanju Samson ruled out of T20Is with knee injury; Jitesh Sharma to replace

First Published Jan 5, 2023, 10:36 AM IST

IND vs SL 2022-23: India and Sri Lanka continue their T20I rivalry in the ongoing series. However, the hosts will be without Sanju Samson in the remaining matches due to a knee injury, while Jitesh Sharma will replace him.

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On Thursday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it has called up wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma of Vidarbha after Sanju Samson of Kerala was ruled out of the remainder of the Twenty20 International (T20I) series versus Sri Lanka upon the recommendation of the board’s medical team. Samson harmed his left knee while fielding a ball near the boundary ropes during Tuesday’s opening T20I at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Sharma was picked based on his impressive performances for Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). On Thursday, India plays the second T20I versus Sri Lanka at the MCA Stadium in Pune. The hosts lead the three-game series 1-0 after their slim two-run triumph in the opener.

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Updated Team India squad for Sri Lanka T20Is: Hardik Pandya (c), 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 and Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar.

(With inputs from PTI)

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