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Suresh Raina picks X factor for India in T20 World Cup 2024 and it’s not a regular team member

Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina has picked a player that can X factor for Team India in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024. What caught the attention of many was backed a player who hasn’t been a regular member of the team. 

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Suresh Raina backed keeper-batter Sanju Samson to be a factor for Team India in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024. The tournament will be played in the Caribbean and the United States of America (USA) in the month of June. 

Sanju Samson hasn’t got the kind of opportunities that he would’ve wanted. The keeper-batter has been on the sidelines because of the presence of other keepers in the team. Management has preferred other keepers over him and chances are very bleak that he could be there for the team in the T20 World Cup 2024. 

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Sanju Samson has been named in the Indian team for the ongoing IND vs AFG series. However, he hasn’t got opportunities in the two games that the team has played so far. With India winning the series already, it’s likely that he might get a chance in the third game. 

Sanju Samson will be having IPL 2024 to prove his worth to selectors. If he performs well in the league there might be a chance he will make it into the Indian team for the T20 World Cup 2024. The keeper-batter possesses great ability and could be handy for the team. 

Sanju Samson’s ability to hit an effortless six could be a game changer for the team in a tournament like T20 World 2024. Also, he has the potential to bat both at the top as well as in the middle order. Many would be hoping that he makes it into the team. 

Sanju Samson has a great track record in the shortest format of the game. Overall, he has played 256 T20s in his career and has smashed 6190 runs at a strike rate of over 133 to go with 3 tons and 40 half-centuries. 

T20 World Cup 2024 schedule 

T20 World Cup 2024 {PC: ICC}
T20 World Cup 2024 {PC: ICC}

Here’s the full schedule of T20 World Cup 2024

DateMatchVenue
June 1USA vs CanadaDallas
June 2West Indies vs Papua New GuineaGuyana
June 2Namibia vs OmanBarbados
June 3Sri Lanka vs South AfricaNew York
June 4Afghanistan vs UgandaGuyana
June 4England vs ScotlandBarbados
June 5India vs IrelandNew York
June 5Papua New Guinea vs UgandaGuyana
June 5Australia vs OmanBarbados
June 6USA vs PakistanDallas
June 6Namibia vs ScotlandBarbados
June 7Canada vs IrelandNew York
June 7New Zealand vs AfghanistanGuyana
June 7Sri Lanka vs BangladeshDallas
June 8Netherlands vs South AfricaNew York
June 8Australia vs EnglandBarbados
June 8West Indies vs UgandaGuyana
June 9India vs PakistanNew York
June 9Oman vs ScotlandAntigua & Barbuda
June 10South Africa vs BangladeshNew York
June 11Pakistan vs CanadaNew York
June 11Sri Lanka vs NepalLauderhill
June 11Australia vs NamibiaAntigua & Barbuda
June 12USA vs IndiaNew York
June 12West Indies vs New ZealandTrinidad and Tobago
June 13England vs OmanAntigua & Barbuda
June 13Bangladesh vs NetherlandsSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
June 13Afghanistan vs Papua New GuineaTrinidad and Tobago
June 14USA vs IrelandLauderhill
June 14South Africa vs NepalSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
June 14New Zealand vs UgandaTrinidad and Tobago
June 15India vs CanadaLauderhill
June 15Namibia vs EnglandAntigua & Barbuda
June 15Australia vs ScotlandSaint Lucia
June 16Pakistan vs IrelandLauderhill
June 16Bangladesh vs NepalSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
June 16Sri Lanka vs NetherlandsSaint Lucia
June 17New Zealand vs Papua New GuineaTrinidad and Tobago
June 17West Indies vs AfghanistanSaint Lucia

Here’s the schedule of the Super 8 stage 

DateMatchVenue
June 19A2 vs D1Antigua & Barbuda
June 19BI vs C2Saint Lucia
June 20C1 vs A1Barbados
June 20B2 vs D2Antigua & Barbuda
June 21B1 vs D1Saint Lucia
June 21A2 vs C2Barbados
June 22A1 vs D2Antigua & Barbuda
June 22C1 vs B2Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
June 23A2 vs B1Barbados
June 23C2 vs D1Antigua & Barbuda
June 24B2 vs A1Saint Lucia
June 24C1 vs D2Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Here’s the schedule of the knockout stage 

June 26Semifinal 1Guyana
June 27Semifinal 2Trinidad and Tobago
June 29FinalBarbados