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Angry Fans Slams BCCI For Not Including Sanju Samson In 1st ‘IND vs IRE’ T20I

Sanju Samson was trending on Sunday evening in India. Well, he was. And the reason you can probably predict without much context, something that has been for the past few years: he was not included in India’s eleven for the first T20I versus Ireland in Dublin.

The furore wasn’t this much when he was not included in the squad for the recently 5-T20I series versus South Africa. He got back in for the Ireland squad as Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer linked up with the Test squad in England.

Suryakumar Yadav was the incumbent who slotted in straight away in the line-up after missing the South Africa series due to injury. However, it was Deepak Hooda who was preferred over Samson in the eleven today.

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Hooda preferred over Sanju Samson by Team India

Sanju Samson had a good IPL season, but nothing earth-shattering. 458 runs in 17 matches, an average of 28, and a strike rate of 146 with two fifty-plus scores.

Apart from Samson returning to the T20I squad, the selectors had also called up Rahul Tripathi for the first time. Tripathi had hammered 413 runs in 14 matches at an average of 37 and strike rate of 158 with three fifties.

Deepak Hooda had made his T20I debut earlier in the year versus Sri Lanka and was part of the South Africa series but didn’t get a game. The Lucknow Super Giants batter had scored 451 runs in 14 innings at an average of 32 and strike rate of 132 with four half-centuries while also batting below number 3 and 4. Hooda also offered the option of off-spin against left-handers, a much-needed option when India play a leg-spinner in Chahal and left-arm orthodox in Axar.

And while it seems only fair, and predictable, that Suryakumar and Hooda get in the eleven ahead of Samson, some fans felt that the Kerala batsman should have played and expressed their disappointment. For the record: Samson has failed to grab most of his chances in the national team so far: 13 T20Is, average of 14 with a strike rate of 121.

Here are the reactions of unhappy fans with Samson’s exclusion:

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Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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