Sanju Samson has been excluded from India's 16-member T20I squad for New Zealand and the decision certainly didn't go down well with many cricket fans. The wicket-keeper batsman, who played the third T20I between India and Sri Lanka, was expected to get a decent run but unfortunately faced the axe from the side. With Rishabh Pant not delivering consistently, many cricket pundits and experts batted for Samson’s inclusion in the line-up. The latter also made a comeback in India’s playing XI after five years and looked in team’s scheme of things going ahead. However, the 25-year old was dropped after playing just one game and Twitterati bashed BCCI’s ‘unfair’ decision. Rohit Sharma Returns in India’s 16-Men Squad for New Zealand T20Is, Sanju Samson Left Out.
During the 3rd India vs Sri Lanka T20I, Samson replaced Pant in the playing XI and came at number three ahead of skipper Virat Kohli. Facing his first ball in international cricket after five years, the right-handed batsman announced his comeback in style and struck a giant six off the very first ball he faced. However, he perished in the succeeding delivery while trying to up the ante. Nevertheless, many fans lauded his intent and wanted to see more of him. So, Samson’s axing certainly irked the Indian cricket fans and below, we’ll look at how they reacted.
Fans not Amused!!
Bcci shame on you ....why Sanju Samson have not given another chance....
— nandsss (@starbanda99) January 13, 2020
Rishabh Pant in Target!!
So sanju samson was given only 2 balls to play after 4 years
And dropped again😢
We want samson in team a place of rishabh pant. https://t.co/5KL07zspHe
— Ajay Laxman Suryawanshi (@AjayLaxmanSury3) January 13, 2020
Kohli and Shastri want dhoni to play in world cup .... it is unfair they ignore Sanju Samson .
— Hashim Kalathil (@HashimKalathil) January 13, 2020
Don't know what MSK and team thinking about Sanju Samson.. Don't see him as only wicket keeping option.. Please have look at him as a batsman..
— Srinivas Yadav N (@SrinivasYadavN6) January 13, 2020
No More Opportunity for Samson!!
@BCCI stop being biased to Sanju Samson. Ample opportunity being given to pant but when it comes to Sanju Samson the gives 1 match to prove his mettle. No justified
— deepak dubey (@deepakdtml) January 13, 2020
Speaking of India’s 2020 Tour of New Zealand, the full-fledged series will comprise of five T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches, starting from January 24. Before that, Virat Kohli and Co will play three ODIs against Australia at home and will look to continue their dominance at home before taking on the Kiwis. With Samson’s departure, many eyes will be on Rishabh Pant and the southpaw will certainly have to put on some good performances to justify his selection in the side.