Fans criticize BCCI for ignoring Sanju Samson for T20I series against WI

This appears to be somewhat of the end of the road for Sanju Samsun as far as this year’s T20 World Cup is concerned, with the tournament still just three months away and the downing of the Kerala batsman from the upcoming 5-T20I series against the West Indies.

BCCI announces India lineup for West Indies

The five T20I matches, which will follow the three ODI matches, will begin on July 29 in Trinidad, followed by two matches in St Kitts, before moving to Florida in the USA for the final two matches on August 6 and 7.

On Thursday, the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced the formation of an 18-player squad that includes the likes of Shreyas Ayer, Deepak Hooda, Ishaan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav Ali Samsun.

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India’s squad for 5 T20Is against WI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishaan Kishan, KL. Rahul*, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Aksar Patel, R Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Sin Patel, Arshdeep. (*Inclusion is subject to KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav Fitness.)

Samson, named to the ODI team where a number of top players rest, smashed 77 of 42 balls in the last T20I – against Ireland – was not part of the last two T20I against England either.

And now this exclusion from the West Indies T20I series largely refers to the thoughts and plans of 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 in earlier this year when he returned during the Sri Lanka T20I series.

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The Rajasthan Royals captain was in good shape at the IPL 2022, scoring 458 points per season with an average of 28, but an impressive hitting average of 146 – better than KL Rahul, Sharma, Kohli, Hooda, Iyer and Kishan.

Unsurprisingly, there has been quite an uproar over Sanju Samsun’s exclusion from T20I on social media. Former cricketer Dodda Ganesh even said he was baffled by the inclusion of Shreyas Iyer, who has not been in good contact and is regularly hit with short balls, over Samson.

“Ideally, you would want to play players like Sanju Samsun in the T20s. His shrieking for Shreyas Iyer goes beyond cricketing logic,” Duda Ganesh chirp.

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

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