Sanju Samson became the captain of Kerala in Ranji Trophy 2023, preparations started


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Sanju Samson did not get a place in the team on Bangladesh tour.
Sanju Samson will now return to cricket action from Ranji Trophy.
Ranji will try to make a place in the team against Sri Lanka.

New Delhi. Sanju Samson, who could not make it to Team India on Bangladesh tour, will return as the captain of Kerala in the longer format. He will lead the team selected to play the first two matches of the Ranji Trophy this season. Sijomon Joseph has been made the vice-captain of the team, which will also feature four new faces. The Ranji Trophy before the Sri Lanka series will be his chance to prove why he should be picked ahead of others. He has started practice in Kochi. Another star batsman Suryakumar Yadav is also playing for Mumbai from the second match in Ranji Trophy.

Sanju Samson was part of Team India, which traveled to New Zealand after the T20 World Cup in Australia. However, the 28-year-old got to play only one of the six matches on the tour. Rain affected four matches during the T20 International and ODI series. Due to the Bangladesh tour being the last series of the 2022 season, Samson will have to wait till next year. India has three home series during the month of January and February. The home series will start against Sri Lanka. The India vs Sri Lanka series will be a three-match ODI and T20 series.

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With no place in international cricket, Sanju Samson has decided to go back to domestic cricket to practice and impress the selectors. Among the new faces in the team are promising batsmen Shaun Roger and Krishna Prasad, off-spinner Vaisakh Chandran and wicketkeeper-batsman Sachin Suresh, who got a chance to play under Sanju’s captaincy. Rohan Prem is making a comeback in the team. All-rounder Jalaj Saxena will feature as the only professional guest player. Opener Rahul P has been kept in the team, but he will join the team only after proving his fitness.

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The prominent names missing from the team are Mohammad Azharuddin and Vishnu Vinod. Former India fast bowler Tinu Yohannan will continue in his role as the head coach of the team. Kerala will take on Jharkhand in their first Ranji Trophy match on 13 December in Ranchi. His second match will be against Rajasthan on 20 December.

The Kerala Ranji team is as follows:
Kerala Squad: Sanju V Samson (Captain & Wicket-keeper), Sijoman Joseph (Vice-Captain), Rohan S Kunnumal, Krishna Prasad, Vatsal Govind Sharma, Rohan Prem, Sachin Baby, Shaun Roger, Akshay Chandran, Jalaj Saxena, Basil Thampi, Nidish MD , Phanus F, Basil NP, Vaisakh Chandran, Sachin S (WK), Rahul P (based on fitness).

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