Last Update on: September 8th, 2023 at 09:05 pm
The 28-year-old India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson has returned home after he was released from the Asia Cup 2023 squad of the Men In Blue, according to reports.
Samson was not included in India’s 17-man squad for the Asia Cup as the selection committee decided to go with Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul as the two wicketkeeper-batter picks.
However, Samson was kept in the team as a backup option due to the unavailability of Rahul for the first couple of games. Notably, Rahul missed the fixtures against Pakistan and Nepal due to a niggle, but he has passed all the fitness tests at NCA and has joined the squad in Sri Lanka for the Super four stage of Asia Cup 2023.
As Rahul joined the team, the team management decided to release Sanju Samson from the Asia Cup 2023 squad, as per Dainik Jagran.
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Sanju Samson was also not included in India’s 15-man World Cup 2023 squad. The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is the 13th edition of the 50-over Cricket World Cup. The competition is scheduled to be held from October 5 to November 19 in India. This is the first time India will be hosting an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup alone. They previously co-hosted the World Cups with other countries in 1987, 1996, and 2011.
I don’t think the selectors have been harsh on Sanju Samson – Harbhajan Singh
Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh recently said that the Indian selectors have not been harsh on Sanju Samson and they have made the right call by picking Suryakumar Yadav over the Kerala wicketkeeper-batter in the team for the middle-order role.
“I feel Suryakumar Yadav is a complete, complete player,” Harbhajan said in a chat organized by Star Sports.
“I don’t think the selectors have been harsh on Sanju Samson. I do feel Sanju is a very very good player, a quality player. But you can only select fifteen players. But picking Suryakumar over Sanju is the right call.”
“Because the game that Suryakumar has in the middle over[s], I don’t think Sanju has that game. Even he goes for big shots from the first ball, but the reliability Suryakumar gives you – he can score big. Sanju I feel plays the kind of cricket where there is a lot of chances that you get out. Whereas Suryakumar, I know a lot of people ask what has he done in ODIs, but what he has done in T20s, if his innings is only going to be that long then I feel in that position, there isn’t a better player than Suryakumar in India.”