On Tuesday evening, India have revealed their 17-man squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia, setting the stage for a thrilling prelude to the highly anticipated World Cup.
In an announcement that featured no significant surprises, it was confirmed that Sanju Samson, the backup wicket-keeper who accompanied the Indian team to the Asia Cup, has been dropped from the ODI squad.
“If I’m in place of Sanju Samson right now, I will be very disappointed”: Irfan Pathan
Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan expressed his reaction to Samson’s omission, highlighting that if he were in Samson’s shoes, he would be deeply disappointed to miss out on selection.
If I’m in place of @IamSanjuSamson right now I will be very disappointed…
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 18, 2023
Notably, the squad includes the names of promising young talents Tilak Varma and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who have secured their positions ahead of Samson.
Samson’s absence from India’s ODI squad has sparked disappointment among numerous fans and cricket enthusiasts. The versatile and talented batter boasts an impressive average of over 55 in ODIs, yet he has never enjoyed a consistent opportunity to establish himself within the side.
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It’s no secret that Samson boasts a substantial fan following, and disappointment invariably sets in when he doesn’t make the cut in the Indian side. Such occurrences have taken place on previous occasions as well.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Samson’s omission:
Exactly…how can they pick tilak and ruturaj ahead of sanju
— Hussain (@imhussy92) September 18, 2023
Feel for Sanju Samson.
Last ODI innings – 51(41).
Last T20I innings – 40(26).
Both innings came in wins for India. And He reserve in Asia Cup but now he missed County deal, he is not part of India’s team for Australia ODIs, WC squad & Asian Games. Hope Sanju came back stronger! pic.twitter.com/RQqQ37uoN9
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 18, 2023
Feel for Samson, he was close to getting a county deal then came to the Asia Cup as reserve so the deal couldn’t happen later Rahul was fit, he returned back – now he is not part of anywhere with Indian team/County/Asian games.
He atleast deserves to be in Asian games in China. pic.twitter.com/ieSHmzpulx
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 18, 2023
— Lokesh Saini🚩 (@LokeshVirat18K) September 18, 2023
Sanju Samson must be hurt seeing this behaviour by BCCI.
— Abhishek Ojha (@vicharabhio) September 18, 2023
I heard Rohit Sharma saying that every player is made aware of what they are doing as a team and nobody is kept in the dark about what’s happening.
Wonder what was his communication with Sanju Samson on why a newbie Tilak was preferred over him despite having 56 odi avg. pic.twitter.com/6JOSvv46eq
— Anurag™ (@SamsonCentral) September 17, 2023
— Yash Godara🇮🇳 (@iamyashgodara7) September 18, 2023
— Chinmay Shah (@chinmayshah28) September 18, 2023
— Minerva thomas (@Minerva_thomas1) September 18, 2023
Neither played Asia Cup, nor in the World Cup squad. Not even picked for 3rd string Asian Games team and now missing out on Indian team against Australia where major players are rested and some newbies included.
It’s time time 50+ averaging Sanju Samson should join the Ireland… pic.twitter.com/a9vTnyRuna
— Himanshu Pareek (@Sports_Himanshu) September 18, 2023
Common Knowledge :-
Sanju Samson > Tilak Verma (Mumbai Indians) pic.twitter.com/FQqI2c0YpJ
— Aufridi Chumtya (@ShuhidAufridi) September 19, 2023
Meanwhile, the upcoming ODI series between India and Australia holds immense significance as it offers players of both teams an opportunity to cement their position and gain momentum before the prestigious World Cup campaign.
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