After successfully winning the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, the Indian cricket team is all set to lock horns with the New Zealand cricket team in the upcoming T20I series, which will begin from 24th of this month.
Ahead of the series, BCCI announced the squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand via its official Twitter handle. While Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Kaif returned to the squad, on the other hand, Hardik Pandya, who was expected to make a comeback to the national side after a long time, has been dropped from the squad after he failed to clear the mandatory fitness test.
However, what came as a surprise to the fans was the exclusion of Sanju Samson from the squad. During the third and final T20i match against Sri Lanka, Sanju Samson made a glorious comeback into the national side after a long gap of four years.
But Sanju Samson failed to make the best of the opportunity given to him as he was dismissed after playing 2 balls. He smashed a six off the first ball and was dismissed on the second ball.
India T20I squad for India Tour:
“Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur“
Here, check out the BCCI’s Tweet:
India's T20I squad for NZ tour announced: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, S Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, W Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2020
As soon as BCCI announced the names of the squad for the T20i series against New Zealand, Twitterati was left disappointed with the name of Sanju Samson missing from the squad. Twitterati started questioning BCCI the reason behind his exclusion from the team and demanded his return.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
Sanju Samson dropped from T20I side. Average literacy rate of the squad dropped by 30℅.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 12, 2020
Retweet if you want Sanju Samson in place of Rishabh Pant
— Manish ➐ (@Man_isssh) January 12, 2020
T20 Squad Announced for New Zealand Series sad news Sanju samson out of this series pic.twitter.com/7M7TJlNs2I
— Dibakar Nayak (ଦିବାକର ନାୟକ) (@iamdibakarnayak) January 12, 2020
Isn't it logical to send the player who is low on confidence and not in form too, to play India A series and try out Sanju Samson rather than giving him one match in the series. Atleast give @IamSanjuSamson one whole series to prove himself. https://t.co/A2GWzjsNF8
— Mayank Lahoti (@Iam_mayank_) January 12, 2020
— Kundan Jha (@KundanJ12231625) January 12, 2020
It's actually little unfair on Sanju Samson, he didn't do anything wrong. The only opportunity he got after 4 years in which he had to go from very first ball! They should've selected him for 5 long T20Is against New Zealand.#SanaWorldWide #SanjuSamson # pic.twitter.com/3kAyu48IXw
— Rahul Nath (@Rntk____) January 12, 2020
Sanju Samson is the most underrated player.
Don't play politics in Cricket and ruin young talent.
Why Pant is being given so much opportunities even after poor performance.
We want Sanju Samson back.@BCCI
— Nilesh More (@morenilesh006) January 12, 2020
— Ashok Devilliers.AB (@DevilliersAshok) January 12, 2020
Please give chance to sanju samson for newzland tour. https://t.co/jEhQrZUr6o
— praveen kumar (@praveen_sancm) January 12, 2020
What is happening with Sanju Samson!! Getting picked, just played a game and dropped again for NZ t20 series @bhoglehar your thoughts
— Manav (@CHANDRAKARC) January 12, 2020
Giving a chance in just one game for rhe name sake and dropping. Woww nice tactics. So you think Rishab Pant is talented than #sanjusamson ? Rishab is still very young. He can wait. Let him play and provd in domestic cricket again.
— Siraj Pullayil (@SRJtweets) January 12, 2020
Can Anyone ask them, why they dropped Sanju Samson. He played only one match, how can you drop anyone after one inning. What would have been happen if team management drop Shivam after one inning, where he scored only 10+ runs. (1/1) pic.twitter.com/spHtmbor05
— Imran Saiyyed (@SaiyyedImran) January 12, 2020
— Ankit Anand (@iamankitanands) January 12, 2020
— Narendra (@itsnkchoudhary) January 12, 2020