New Delhi: Sanju Samson has always been considered as a bright prospect but he has not been able to break into the Indian team and the Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman Friday said instead of feeling frustrated he would work harder to earn a spot for himself.
Sanju, who has played just one T20 International for India against Zimbabwe in 2015, has been one of consistent performers with the bat in this IPL with 337 runs from 11 games that included a century and a half-century.
Legends like Brian Lara have found it difficult to understand why a talented player like Sanju has not even been considered in India's World Cup probables.
"It feels really great when legends like Lara talk highly of you. It boosts your confidence. I am very confident and happy the way I have been playing. But I am excitingly waiting for my opportunity to play for India," the Rajasthan Royals player said ahead of his team's last IPL league game against Delhi Capitals here Saturday.
"There is no point in getting frustrated. You can use it as a motivation and push more. It's not easy to get into the Indian team. You need to work hard and earn that spot."
Insisting that failure is the secret of success, Sanju said he has gone through many tough phases in his career which only made him a better, determined cricketer.
"If you talk about my career or anyone's career, there are definitely ups and downs. Going through such phases I feel is very lucky because when you go down then only you will know how to climb up.
"I am lucky that I have gone down many times in my career. I'm happy to have all these experiences. To enter the Indian team you need to know how to make a comeback, you need to be strong enough and you only get strong when you fail. I failed a lot of times and now I am strong enough to play for India," he said.