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.

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:

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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