Star allrounder Hardik Pandya is leading Team India in the first ODI of the three-match series against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, March 17. Regular skipper Rohit Sharma missed the series opener due to family commitments and will be available for the remaining two matches.
The host won the toss and opted to bowl first. Middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer, who didn’t bat in the final Test match against Australia, was ruled out of the ongoing white-ball series due to a back injury. Suryakumar Yadav replaced Iyer in the middle order, while Ishan Kishan got the chance to open the innings after playing middle order in the last series.
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The young wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson wasn’t included in the squad even after recovering from injury. Samson sustained an injury during the first T20I against Sri Lanka and missed the remaining games in the limited-overs series. He recovered from the injury and was available for selection against Australia, but he wasn’t picked.
Cricket fans around the world were expecting Sanju Samson to be named as the replacement of Shreyas Iyer. However, team management hasn’t named a replacement for the three-match series. Sanju Samson fans are expressing their anger on Twitter after he was ignored once again despite performing well in the few opportunities he got.
The 28-year-old represented India in 11 matches and scored 330 runs with an average of 66, including a best score of 86 runs. The wicketkeeper batter had an impressive strike rate of 104.76 in the 50-over format. Samson scored two half-centuries in his short career for India.
Twitter Reacts After Sanju Samson Is Not Included In The Squad
My reaction after KL Rahul playing inspite of Sanju Samson in 1st ODI. #INDvsAUS #KLRahul #SanjuSamson pic.twitter.com/AeEuiboXqY
— Ashutosh Srivastava 🇮🇳 (@sri_ashutosh08) March 17, 2023
Stop him if you can ! #IPL2023 #SanjuSamson @IamSanjuSamson #HallaBol @rajasthanroyals pic.twitter.com/0JPj9upGj3
— Noir (@SachStoic) March 17, 2023
India will keep wickets with KL Rahul but won't play Sanju Samson. 🥱#INDvsAUS #CricketTwitter
— Himanshu Pareek (@Sports_Himanshu) March 17, 2023
What has #SanjuSamson not done to be in playing 11?
This is ridiculous to not include him for any match. It is plainly embarassing him..to include in team but not in playing 11.
We just waste talent. Sic
— Piyush (@Piyush309792331) March 17, 2023
when someone like rahul dravid and rohit sharma speaks of backing players in their bad phase like@klrahul which is completely okay.
Then why not back @IamSanjuSamson
dude @BCCI listen if u have some issues, you gotta inform it, not sit like fool. @ImRo45 #SanjuSamson
— randomstranger57 (@sohankolli) March 17, 2023
Missing Sanju Samson 🙁… Idk what's wrong with @BCCI he's the only player who dropped despite having good performances. @CricCrazyJohns
Mallu why don't you tweet on this topic 🤔are u paid chumbai lobby?
— #SHEKHAWAT👑 (@Shekaw014) March 17, 2023
Its truly unprofessional when the same thing is being repeated. A proper consistent run is needed for a player to prove.
Rohit Sharma backed #KsBharat during the recent #INDvsAUS test. It is really encouraging. But is that only to a limited set of players? @BCCI #SanjuSamson
— randomstranger57 (@sohankolli) March 17, 2023
#SanjuSamson why not anyone talking about him..@cricketaakash ???????????????????
— Akash (@AkashBorude7781) March 17, 2023
Always be happy and honest ☺️@sanjusamson#SanjuSamson #BCCI pic.twitter.com/RQf8yLM2FU
— Sanju fans (@Sanjufans1) March 17, 2023
— Aabra ka daabra (@indianoceanfrom) March 17, 2023
Sanju samsan best player in Indian team but poltics society for BCCI president
— Sonu (@Sonu22459845) March 17, 2023
Why not sanju i don't understand #BCCI #SanjuSamson
— Sehnaz Afreen (@SehnazAfreen) March 17, 2023
Surya Kumar Yadav scored his last 50 against WI in Ahmedabad
No 50+ scores in last 12 innings and how he deserved to play in ODI ahead of Sanju Samson?
— AJAY (@ajay71845) March 17, 2023
Teams Playing XI
Australia: Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith(c), Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis(w), Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
India: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(w), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya(c), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami
Also read: IND vs AUS: Virat Kohli’s Return To Form Is A Threat To All Countries – England Cricket Coach Paul Collingwood
Virat Kohli | Rohit Sharma | Rishabh Pant | KL Rahul | Suryakumar Yadav | Sanju Samson | Shreyas Iyer | Yuzvendra Chahal | Jasprit Bumrah