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Angry Fans React After Sanju Samson Was Ignored For 1st T20I vs West Indies

Sanju Samson Was Ignored For 1st T20I vs West Indies: The 5-match T20I series between India and West Indies commenced on Friday at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad. West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran won the toss and put India into bat first.

And once again, soon after India’s final eleven was announced, there was a chorus of questions and reactions on social media regarding Sanju Samson, who was excluded from the eleven today.

India opted to have Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer in the eleven while Sanju Samson, who was drafted into the T20I squad only hours before the game instead of the unavailable KL Rahul, was benched.

നാണമില്ലേ ബി.സി.സി.ഐ...' സഞ്ജുവിനെ ഒഴിവാക്കിയതിൽ രോഷം പൂണ്ട് ക്രിക്കറ്റ്  പ്രേമികൾ | Twitterati fume as India leave out Sanju Samson of 1st T20I vs  ENG | Madhyamam

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Samson’s legion of fans was angry, disappointed and frustrated by the team management as the Kerala keeper-batsman was consigned to carrying drinks for another game, despite his impressive performances with the bat in the last month.

However, it was always going to be almost impossible, and perhaps even unfair to the likes of SKY, Pant and Iyer had Samson been selected in today’s game ahead of them. For Samson was not even in the initial squad and only KL Rahul‘s unavailability – after the Karnataka cricketer tested positive for covid-19 in Bangalore – made Samson’s return to the squad possible.

The 27-year-old Kerala cricketer has made a mark recently. Following a good IPL 2022 season – where he marched the Rajasthan Royals to the IPL 2022 final and scored 458 runs at a strike rate of 146 – Samson smashed his maiden T20I fifty – 77 runs off 42 balls last month vs Ireland in Dublin.

He then was dropped for the England matches, but was recalled for the West Indies ODIs – where he recorded his maiden ODI fifty, playing a crucial knock of 54 runs off 51 balls in the second ODI in India’s successful run-chase of 312.

Here is India’s team for the first T20I vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh

Not seeing Sanju Samson’s name on the teamsheet, fans expressed great dismay at the team management’s decision.

Here are some of the reactions:

Also Read: Fans React After Sanju Samson Replaced KL Rahul In India’s T20 Squad Against West Indies

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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