Indian Board President's XI vs Sri Lanka: Sanju Samson says team determined to beat Rangana Herath-led side

Samson, who was appointed captain after Naman Ojha was ruled out with an injury, will lead the Board President's XI on his 23rd birthday.

PTI, November 10, 2017

Kolkata: For Sri Lanka captain Rangana Herath, the two-day game against Board President's XI may be a warm-up game but for home team skipper Sanju Samson, it is an opportunity to gain experience of facing one of the best spinners in world cricket.

File image of Sri Lanka's Test captain Rangana Herath. AP

File image of Sri Lanka's Test captain Rangana Herath. AP

"He (Herath) is a very experienced cricketer. It is a practice match for him but for us it's a great opportunity to face him. He is one of the greatest spinners Sri Lanka have ever seen. He is one of the legends and to go there and play against him will be a great experience," Samson told reporters ahead of the game.

The BCCI has opted for a third-string side giving chance to the players, who are not playing in the ongoing fifth round Ranji Trophy for the tour-match at Jadavpur University second campus ground in Saltlake.

Sending a clear message to his team, Samson said: "It is a practice match for them but it's not a practice match for us. We will be looking forward to beat them in the coming match tomorrow (Friday). We are lucky to get a good opportunity in this gap."

For Samson, this is an opportunity to make a statement to national selectors with a solid performance.

"Each and every individual in the team has put his heart together for past many years to perform at this level. It's just a one match but it's a great opportunity for each and everyone of us. We should look this as a great platform to perform and give everyone a chance and succeed."

Samson, who was appointed captain after Naman Ojha was ruled out with an injury, will lead the side on his 23rd birthday.

"I have led Kerala for a season and I am up for the challenge. We will have a team strategy," he said on the eve of his birthday.

"All of us know each other well as we have been playing domestic matches for many seasons. We have played against and together."

The Board President XI captain however conceded that they have not done much planning against the touring side who have a lot of youngsters in their ranks.

"They are a quality Test side with a lot of talented and experienced players. They have a lot of new guys in their team. We will take some time and see, we did not have enough time to plan," he concluded.

Updated Date: Nov 13, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114