Last 3-4 months were mentally challenging, grateful for maiden ODI ton: Samson

India wicket-keeper batter Sanju Samson revealed that the past three-four months have been mentally challenging for him but he kept at it by working on himself and bounced back by scoring his maiden ODI ton.

Samson was overlooked for the ODI World Cup in India with selectors preferring to go with the likes of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav despite the Kerala batter averaging 55.7 with a strike rate of 104 in 13 ODI innings.

“The last three, four months were challenging for me mentally,” Sanju said after the 78-run win on Thursday.

“So going through all that and coming here I think doing what I did today, I think I feel really happy and grateful.”

Samson was also not picked for the Asian Games, indicating that he is really low in the selectors’ pecking order.

On Thursday, however, he took things in his own hand and scored his maiden ODI century to help India win the third game and clinch the series 2-1 against South Africa.

“I’ve been blessed in my genes. My father is also a sportsman, so how much ever setbacks you have, I think there’s always no other way to come back and bounce back… Think how much you can work on yourself and how you can come back more strongly,” he added.

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