Sanju Samson’s exclusion highlighted Team India’s T20I squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. The selectors announced the 16-member squad on Sunday for the challenging five-match series in Kiwiland. As expected, Rohit Sharma was recalled to the team after he missed the series against Sri Lanka as he was granted some much-needed rest.
It was Rohit Sharma’s inclusion that cost Sanju Samson his place in the T20I squad. Along with Rohit, Mohammed Shami returned to the team too. The pacer was also rested for the series against Sri Lanka. But unlike Samson, no pacer had to make way for Shami as the selectors retained Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini after the duo impressed against Sri Lanka.
Jasprit Bumrah will lead the pace attack while Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav will take care of the spin department. Allrounder Shivam Dube has also managed to retain his spot as Hardik Pandya’s rehabilitation is taking longer than expected.
Samson dropped only after 1 match
The fans, meanwhile, were not at all impressed to see the selectors dropping Sanju Samson from the squad. But while Samson as well as the fans will be disappointed with the turn of events, the exclusion was not at all surprising. Samson was never the first choice in the team and was recalled only because the selectors had decided to rest some key players.
The right-handed batsman earned a recall after a gap of four years when he was named in the team for the Bangladesh series in November. He was recalled only because the selectors had rested India skipper Virat Kohli. He did not get any chance in the playing eleven and was dropped from the team for the series against West Indies.
But an unfortunate injury to Shikhar Dhawan saw Samson get another opportunity. He retained his spot in the team for the series against Sri Lanka too as Rohit Sharma was rested for the series. Sanju Samson finally got a chance in the playing eleven in the third T20I of the series but he failed to make it count and was out for just 6. But the fans were not at all happy with Samson’s exclusion and took to Twitter to slam the decision.
Here are some of the reactions:
— Debapriya Deb (@debapriya_deb) January 13, 2020
— Eilerian Prasly (@Im_prasly19) January 13, 2020
What a shame on @BCCI for dropping out @IamSanjuSamson on the basis of just one opportunity and giving unconditional support to rather non consistent @RishabhPant17 . He definitely deserves more chance, what a hypocrisy !!!! #shameonyoubcci #SanjuSamson 🇮🇳
— Anurag Katara 🇮🇳 (@kataraanurag) January 13, 2020
Was sanju Samson given a chance just to make him out from selection….strange that a player waits until a chance and after that u drop him
— ravi tomar (@ravitom79509745) January 13, 2020
Why sanju Samson not including this t20 squad.sanju is better than rishabh🤔 https://t.co/idM7R0HdXo
— Rajib Bahira (@bahira_rajib) January 13, 2020
Sanju Samson again dropped..
shame on you guys…
In every sense sanju is matured batsman than pant..,
why u didn't give chance like Rishab pant????
— Nagaraj Thenari (@nagarajthenari) January 13, 2020
After Seeing This Team another time it is Clearly Predicted that once again The Legend @MSKPrasad5 dominated this epic team Selection
Where is @SanjuSamson @vijayshankar260 @msdhoni
Kya krna chah rahe h ye log😠😠
— Manas_Official_ (@Manasppandya021) January 13, 2020
Sanju samson ko team me lena chaiya tha
— vishal malhotra (@vishalmalhotr15) January 13, 2020
— Rahul jain (@rahuljain_rj7) January 13, 2020
Something bad is happening to Sanju Samson.He is being wronged.I request the @BCCI to give him more opportunities.
— Santosh (@SantoshLet3) January 13, 2020
Is it okay for Sanju Samson to like a pant slander in Instagram? Just asking for a friend.
— The Alchemist (@ponananthvs) January 13, 2020
Waiting for the Emoji Tweet from Sanju Samson !#INDvsNZ
— 🏏 (@SharukhMSD_) January 13, 2020
Why not sanju samson as wicket keeper
— Ganesh Dev padhi (@dev_padhi) January 13, 2020
Hope this is last chance for Pant and Sanju Samson gets selected for World cup
— Karteek Joshi (@karteekjoshi) January 13, 2020
Must keep extra wk & Sanju Samson is best option.
— Sujeet Srivastava (@SujeetS96451383) January 13, 2020
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