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Injured Samson out of 2nd T20I vs SL

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Last updated on: January 04, 2023 23:42 IST
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Sanju Samson hurt his knee while fielding during the first match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday

IMAGE: Sanju Samson hurt his knee while fielding during the first match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Photograph: BCCI

India batter Sanju Samson has been ruled out of the second T20 International against Sri Lanka in Pune on Thursday due to a knee injury.

According to ANI, Samson will miss the remainder of the series. 

Samson hurt his knee while fielding near the boundary in the series opener in Mumbai, which India won by two runs on Tuesday.

 

"Samson has stayed back in Mumbai to get some scans," said a BCCI source.

"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 the statement.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Jitesh Sharma as a replacement for Sanju Samson," it further read.

Vidarbha wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma has been added to India's squad in place of Samson. He will be a cover for Ishan Kishan for the next two games.

"Yes, Jitesh is joining the team. He has been rewarded for his performances for Punjab Kings in the IPL," the source added.

The injury to Samson might provide an opportunity for Rahul Tripathi to make his debut. Consistent IPL performer Tripathi has travelled with the squad for a while but is yet to get a game.

India lead the three-match series 1-0 following their narrow two-run win in the opener.

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