Fans Are Slamming BCCI For Ignoring Sanju Samson For T20I Series Against WI

It feels like this is more or less the end of the road for Sanju Samson as far as this year’s T20 World Cup is concerned, with the tournament only three months away and the Kerala batsman being dropped from the upcoming 5-T20I series against West Indies.

BCCI Announced India’s Squad For West Indies

The five T20Is, which will follow the 3 ODIs, will begin on July 29 in Trinidad, followed by two matches in St Kitts, before the action moves to Florida in the USA for the final two matches on August 6 and 7.

The BCCI announced an 18-man squad on Thursday which sees the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav been retained over Samson.

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India’s squad for 5 T20Is vs WI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul*, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh. (*The inclusion of KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav is subject to fitness.)

Samson, who, though, is named in the ODI squad where a number of senior players are rested, smashed a 77 off 42 balls in his last T20I – vs Ireland – wasn’t part of the last two T20I vs England either.

And now this exclusion from the West Indies T20I series largely indicates the thoughts and plans of the management and selectors regarding the 27-year-old Kerala batsman, who was, ironically, hailed as one of the most elegant batsmen by skipper Rohit Sharma earlier this year when he made his return during the Sri Lanka T20I series.

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The Rajasthan Royals captain was in good form in the IPL 2022, scoring 458 runs in the season at an average of 28, but a brilliant strike rate of 146 – which was better than all of KL Rahul, Sharma, Kohli, Hooda, Iyer and Kishan.

Unsurprisingly, there was a massive furore over Sanju Samson’s exclusion from the T20I squad on social media. Former cricketer Dodda Ganesh even said he was perplexed by the inclusion of Shreyas Iyer, who hasn’t been in great touch and is regularly exposed against short balls, over Samson.

“Ideally, you would want to players like Sanju Samson in the T20s. Ignoring him for Shreyas Iyer is beyond cricketing rationale,” Dodda Ganesh tweeted.

Here are some other fan reactions to Samson being ignored once again:

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