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Sanju Samson, SuryaKumar Yadav to get golden chance for ODI WC via Asia Cup 2023

In the upcoming Asia Cup 2023, all eyes will be on Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson as they compete for a golden chance to secure a spot in the 15-member squad for the ODI World Cup 2023. During the recent ODI series against West Indies, both players had their moments, with Samson scoring a fifty in the final ODI and Suryakumar having a relatively mediocre series with scores of 19, 24, and 35.

With the World Cup deadline on September 5, the Asia Cup tournament becomes a crucial opportunity for both Suryakumar and Samson to prove their worth and cement their positions in the World Cup squad. Before the deadline, India will play two matches in the Continental Cup against Pakistan and Nepal, giving the players a chance to showcase their skills and make an impact.

KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer are set to make a comeback during the Asia Cup after missing the West Indies tour. Given their stellar performances in ODIs last year, they are likely to be part of the playing XI. However, this means there will be only one spot available for either Samson or Suryakumar in the team. Suryakumar's X-factor ability has earned him backing, but he has only shown glimpses of his potential in the ODI format so far.

Suryakumar has played 26 ODIs, scoring 511 runs at an average of 24.33, primarily being used as a finisher. However, he has struggled to adjust to the tempo of the ODI format. On the other hand, Samson has played 13 ODIs, accumulating 390 runs, and has displayed flexibility in the batting lineup. But with KL Rahul being considered the first-choice wicketkeeper, Samson might have to settle for a specialist batter role.

The Asia Cup will be a direct shootout between Suryakumar and Samson, and the player who impresses the selectors more is likely to secure a place in the ODI World Cup 2023 squad. Both players would be eager to make the most of this opportunity and prove their mettle on the international stage.