Jitesh Sharma included in Indian T20I squad for Sri Lankan series

image-lchvmkrmPunjab Kings played for Punjab Kings in 2022

What comes as a breaking news, Punjab Kings-famed keeper-batter Jitesh Sharma has been included in the Indian T20I squad for the remaining two matches against Sri Lanka. 

Sharma has been named as a replacement for an injured Sanju Samson, who appartently not travelled to Pune with the rest of the team.

Earlier in the day, it was reported by OneCricket that Samson is a doubtful starter for the second T20I on Thursday, after he sustained a niggle on his knee and has stayed back in Mumbai for further diagnosis.

"Sanju Samson has been ruled out of the remainder of the 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Samson hurt his left knee while attempting to field a ball near the boundary ropes," said BCCI's media release.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Jitesh Sharma as replacement for Sanju Samson," the release added.

The Rajasthan Royals captain got injured when he attempted a diving catch in the first game of the series on Tuesday. He has experienced swelling and was eventually asked to seek medical advice.

Meanwhile, the latest entrant to the Men in Blue’s dressing room has got his recognition while playing his debut IPL season for Punjab in 2022. 

Batting at number 5 or 6, the Vidarbha batter played some sensational cameos, which later were applauded by many pundits and former cricketers. 

Recently, the keeper-batter did extremely well for state team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as well, scoring 224 runs at an average of 56 and strike rate of 175 and helping his team reach to the semifinal of the T20 tournament.

Meanwhile, his numbers dropped in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, but he played a daunting knock - a 29-ball 48 - against Sikkim. 

The 2nd T20I against the Asian T20 Champions will be played on Thursday at Pune’s MCA, Stadium. While the third and final game is scheduled to be hosted in Rajkot. 

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