Spin legend Shane Warne on Saturday expressed his ‘surprise’ that wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson is not playing for India across all formats. Samson played a blistering knock of 74 off just 32 balls against Chennai Super Kings to power Rajasthan Royals to a 16-run win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday.Also Read - Ben Stokes Could Skip This Year's IPL: Report

Warne praised the 25-year-old player after his exploits in Royals’ IPL opener against three-time champions CSK. “Sanju Samson, what a player he is. I have said for a long time and I think Sanju Samson is probably one of the most exciting players I have seen for a long time. I am surprised that he is not playing all forms of cricket for India,” said Warne in an Instagram live session of Rajasthan Royals. Also Read - Highlights | AUS vs ENG Ashes 5th Test, Day 3 Updates: Australia Win By 146 Runs, Hosts Finish Series 4-0

The Australian legend added, “He is that good. He is an absolute champion he is got all the shots, quality, and class.” Also Read - AB de Villiers Not A Part of The IPL 2022 For Only One Major Reason, Opens Up on Decision to Retire

“So, hopefully, he has a consistent year and helps Rajasthan Royals lift the IPL trophy and I hope to see in him Indian colours in all three forms of cricket.”

Against CSK, Samson reached his fifty off just 19 deliveries and won the Man-of-the-Match award for his knock, which helped Rajasthan Royals post a commanding 216 for seven in their allotted 20 overs.

His knock was studded with nine sixes.

In recent times, KL Rahul has cemented his place as the number one wicketkeeper-batsman in the Indian team for the limited-overs format, pipping Rishabh Pant.

Rajasthan Royals are scheduled to take on Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, September 27 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.