Sanju Samson of Team India was forced to withdraw from the current T20I series against Sri Lanka after suffering a left knee injury while fielding in the series’ first game in Mumbai. Samson, who had rejoined the team after missing the ODI series against Bangladesh last month, had a bad day with the bat on Tuesday, getting out at 5. He was replaced in the lineup by Jitesh Sharma, a player without any experience but who had several crucial performances for the Punjab Kings during the 2022 Indian Premier League season.

Samson injured his left knee during the first T20I while trying to field a ball close to the boundary lines, according to a BCCI announcement on Wednesday, which confirmed his absence from the rest of the series. The BCCI Medical Team brought him to Mumbai this afternoon for scans and a specialist’s assessment, and they suggested rest and rehabilitation.

Samson responded to the news on his official Instagram page on Thursday. Samson posted a photo of himself during the first T20I and captioned it, “All is fine.”

Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan wished Samson a speedy recovery from the injury, while India’s series skipper Hardik Pandya wrote a heart emoji on the post.

Samson has so far participated in 11 ODI and 17 T20I games for India, however, his appearances have been dispersed across the cricket season. The wicketkeeper-batter made his T20I debut in 2015, but he didn’t start playing more regularly until 2020 when he took part in two matches against New Zealand and three matches against Australia.

Samson participated in each of the three Twenty20 Internationals in the series against Sri Lanka in February of 2022, but he was not selected for the five-match series against South Africa in June, which marked the Indian team’s return to competitive cricket after the Indian Premier League. Samson was selected for the team for the first T20I in England the following month but was left out of the second and third.

Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant, India’s first and second choices for wicketkeepers, prevented the Kerala-born batsman from making the T20 World Cup roster.