IND vs NZ: Angry Fans React After Sanju Samson Was Ignored For 2nd T20I

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IND vs NZ: Angry Fans React After Sanju Samson Was Ignored For 2nd T20I

IND vs NZ: Angry Fans React After Sanju Samson Was Ignored For 2nd T20I

After a washout of the first T20I in Wellington on Friday, the India-New Zealand T20I series finally kicked off on Sunday with the second T20I at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

New Zealand is almost at their full strength and fielded 10 of the 11 players that played in their lost T20 World Cup semi-final to Pakistan - only Trent Boult, who didn’t pick the contract with the NZC and is not included for this series, is out and was replaced by Adam Milne.

Team India, though, bore a largely different look than what they were in their lost semi-final to England.

Hardik Pandya is leading a second-string unit with a number of seniors rested. This tour of New Zealand, which also comprises 3 ODIs, is an opportunity for the fringe players to make their case to be part of the 2024 T20 WC.

However, the exclusion of one name - Sanju Samson - took everyone by surprise after India’s team sheet was announced following the toss, which Kane Williamson won and elected to field first.

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Sanju Samson’s omission from the eleven created a furore and commotion over social media as fans had been expecting the 28-year-old to now be a regular part of the side that the seniors will be rested from the shortest format. But the management went with Rishabh Pant as the wicket-keeper who opened the innings alongside Ishan Kishan. India also played Deepak Hooda as a lower-order batter while benching Samson

Rishabh Pant managed two single-digit scores during the T20 World Cup 2022 - 3 vs Zimbabwe and 6 vs England - while Hooda was dismissed for a duck vs South Africa in his only match during the tournament. Despite Hooda not being an able lower-order batter, the management, headed by interim coach VVS Laxman on this New Zealand tour, opted for Hooda because he can provide a part-time spin bowling option too instead of Samson, who has had a good year with the Indian team.

In 5 T20I innings in 2022, Sanju Samson has scored 179 runs at an average of 44 and importantly strike rate of 158.

Fans expressed their anger on Twitter after Sanju Samson was not included in the side for the 2nd T20I vs New Zealand: