Wicket-keeper batsmen Sanju Samson took it to twitter to share a few pictures of him fielding after not being included in the T20I series against New Zealand which begins from November 17.
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The BCCI on Tuesday released a 16-man squad for the upcoming home series against New Zealand. The list included a couple of youngsters staring from Ruturaj Gaikwad to Harshal Patel. The selectors chose Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant as the two wicket keeping options keeping Sanju Samson out.
Though the reason behind his exclusion in the squad is unknown but many believe that the selectors were concerned about the Kerala batsman’s fitness. In response to that, Sanju Samson shared some pictures of him making acrobatic saves on the field.
After being ignored for the ICC T20 World Cup many expected that the Kerala batsmen will be making a return to the team in the shortest format of the game. But Ishan Kishan was the preferred player.
Fans took it to twitter to support the wicket keeper batsmen. #JusticeForSanjuSamson became one of the trending hashtag on Wednesday as fans expressed their disappointment over the player’s absence from the upcoming T20I series against the Kiwis.
Sanju Samson has looked in fine form. In the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Samson has smashed 175 runs at an average of 87.5 and a strike rate of 147.05. Samson was also in great form during the second leg of IPL in UAE. In the 2021 edition of IPL, he scored 484 runs at an average of 40.33 and a strike rate of 136.72. In 121 matches in the IPL, the 26-year-old has scored 3068 runs at an average of 29.22 and an impressive strike rate of 134.21.
In domestic cricket for Kerala, he has smashed 4725 runs in 193 T20Is with three tons and as many as 29 half-centuries.
He was consistently scoring runs which has always been his issue. Samson will be leading the side in their pre-quarterfinal match against Himachal Pradesh on Monday.
Samson made his debut for India back in 2015 against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. In 10 T20I appearances so far, the right-hander has scored only 117 runs at an average of 11.70 and an underwhelming strike rate of 110.37.