The MSK Prasad-led selection panel on Thursday announced India’s T20I and ODI squads for the upcoming series against West Indies. And in a surprising decision, the wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson was dropped from the T20I squad.
The Kerala lad was picked into the squad for the Bangladesh T20I series after a spectacular performance in domestic cricket this year. But Samson was not given a chance to play in the series, with Rishabh Pant being preferred over him in the playing XI.
Despite Pant not scoring too many runs with the bat, and also facing criticisms over his wicketkeeping abilities, the Delhi lad was included in the limited-overs series against Windies while Samson was dropped.
The decision to leave Samson out for the upcoming T20Is has furrowed a lot of eyebrows. Fans and experts are finding it hard to comprehend the reasons behind leaving the youngster out without giving him any chance to show his mettle. It’s not much of a surprise that Twitter users have lashed out at Team India selectors.
Sanju Samson not in the squad against the West Indies. How do you drop a player without giving him a single chance? And what do you think it's doing to the confidence of the cricketer?
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) November 21, 2019
Very disappointed to see @IamSanjuSamson dropped without a chance. He carried the drinks for three T20Is & has been promptly discarded. Are they testing his batting or his heart? https://t.co/ydXgwOylBi
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 21, 2019
Hard on Sanju Samson but I guess he is much better off playing games rather than just travelling around. Big vote of confidence in Rishabh Pant but the team will expect more from him.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 21, 2019
Sanju Samson losing place in the squad v West Indies without playing a game is quirky selection. Hopefully this won’t affect his morale. Samson’s exclusion means Pant doesn’t have to keep looking over his shoulder. But also means he must now deliver without delay
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 21, 2019
— Vp (@vichu4646) November 21, 2019
#BCCI What's so special about Rishabh Pant..?? Is he the only batsman option available out here..? He is being pampered despite repeated dismal performance. Drop pant.#SanjuSamson deserves a chance https://t.co/VDHTNo9gm2
— LIJO THOMAS (@lijoplathara) November 21, 2019
Where is Sanju Samson?
Shame on BCCI
Playing a painful trick on Sanju….
— Chandan Maity (@Chandan62234185) November 21, 2019
Again Pant… Why not Sanju Samson… Selection committee needs to get re-selected @SGanguly99
— Shantanu (@Shaantanu_rai) November 21, 2019
Why Sanju samson Dropped …Nice to see senior bowlers back in T20I side…Congrats shivam dube for getting maiden ODI call up…Deepak Chahar also recalled to ODI side
— chandru suman (@chandhrusuman) November 21, 2019
Why #SanjuSamson is Not Selected in indian team Squad Even Selectors Give More Chances To #RishabhPant but He is Doing Nothing So Why Selectors is Doing Nothing Against him #BCCI Should Gave Chance To Sanju Samson To Show his Ability On Field.!#SanjuSamson pic.twitter.com/b9jpAgzCcE
— Suraj Thakur 👑 (@SurajTh37641566) November 21, 2019
Sad To See Without getting any game against Bangladesh, Sanju Samson dropped from Indian T20I Squad for WI Series.. #Cricket
— Rajesh Khilare (@Cricrajeshpk) November 21, 2019
Again Rishabh Pant is in the team for Both T20Is and Odis. Atleast in T20Is, he didn't merit a place after 2 bad Series vs Saf and Ban. But I think God and BCCI are very kind on him. Dropped Sanju Samson even without playing him. BCCI selectors are actually fools.#DropPant
— Rishabh Wadhwa (@Cric_Rishabh) November 21, 2019
Where the hell is Sanju Samson
— Abhishek Sharma (@abhivics1) November 21, 2019
— Arindam Roy (@Arindam96749428) November 21, 2019
@BCCI why is sanju Samson dropped frm th squad.. on what grounds ?? Why is rishab pant retained!? @SGanguly99 this is not right at all.. u are killing a talent with north n south lobbying #BiasedBCCI pic.twitter.com/jKihj4uPnY
— Akshay G 🇮🇳 (@iamakshay_007) November 21, 2019