Sanju Samson plays for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL © IANS
Sanju Samson plays for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL © IANS

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson has been named as replacement for Ambati Rayudu for the remaining matches for the Zimbabwe tour. Rayudu, who scored an unbeaten century in the first One-Day International (ODI) and 41 in the second, apparently pulled his right quadriceps and will need about two to three weeks to recover, according to a BCCI media release. READ: India comprehensively beat Zimbabwe by 62 runs in 2nd ODI at Harare to win series

Samson, who plays for Kerala in the Ranji circuit, has not played an international game for India yet. With Rayudu ruled out, this could be the ultimate opportunity for the youngster to make a mark on the international stage. Rayudu was in excellent form in this series and will have to wait until he is given an other opportunity to represent his country again. READ: Murali Vijay says he did not play ‘his best’ in India vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI at Harare

India lead the three-match ODI series 2-0 with one to play. India also play two T20Is against Zimbabwe after the ODI series. READ: Ajinkya Rahane praises India spinners after win over Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI at Harare