Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson did not find a place as BCCI announced India’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad on Monday, September 12. The World Cup in Australia starts on October 16 and ends on November 13.
The Kerala cricketer has not found a spot in India’s T20I squads for Australia and South Africa T20Is which will be played before the T20 World Cup. The squad was named on expected lines with prominent names like Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan missing. Both have played T20I cricket for India in recent times but have not found a place in the T20 World Cup squad and the squads for Australia and South Africa T20Is.
Samson played his last ODI series against Zimbabwe and his last T20I series against West Indies. He notched up his highest score in the T20I series against Ireland earlier this year. The Kerala cricketer was ignored from India’s Asia Cup squad as well.
Rishabh Pant who was one of the two keepers in the side for had a very ordinary outing in the tournament. With Pant failing, Indian cricket fans expected the selectors to include Sanju Samson as one of the two keepers alongside Dinesh Karthik but that did not happen. Sanju Samson played a few series for India while the selectors were experimenting with the Indian team naming a different squad in almost every other series. Samson not grabbing his opportunities consistently might have forced the selectors to look beyond him for this ICC event.
Meanwhile, this is how the Twitterverse reacted to Samson’s unfortunate snub from India’s T20 World Cup squads. and SA and AUS T20Is squads.
Twitter Reacts As Sanju Samson Misses Out From India’s T20 World Cup Squad:
— S. Sudarshanan (@Sudarshanan7) September 12, 2022
I really want indian management to try sanju samson as an opener in australia in t20 wc, guy is pure class and hits effortless sixes, true impact player🤩🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/tN1jiTQkVB
— Sanju (@Proudin123) September 12, 2022
Can someone explain to me one reason as to WHY samson is not in the T20 WC squad???
— Sahil Khan (@iamkhansahil) September 12, 2022
3 points of serious interest for me in today’s selection. 1. Will India go with both Pant and DK or will a specialist batter get a look in? 2. Md. Shami. 3. Samson or Shreyas surprise selection like it always happens in a WC team? Rest all just a formality. @RevSportz
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 12, 2022
Have some shame ignore Samson and picking Undeserving players..this is why we never won trophies since 2013 pic.twitter.com/crRgoFg1t3
— Anurag ™ (@RightGaps) September 12, 2022
Iyer above Samson on Australian pitches doesn't make sense,teams aren't gonna feed Iyer spin/full length pace anymore.
Also, going back to Shami doesn't make sense,if they had lost trust in Avesh then they could have gone for Siraj in reserves.
— Akash Kumar Jha (@Akashkumarjha14) September 12, 2022
What is the point of picking Shreyas Iyer in reserves for Australia ahead of Sanju Samson? 🤔
— India Fantasy (@india_fantasy) September 12, 2022
Why are people crying about Samson getting dropped? How many wrongs can one man fix? We have brought Dinesh Karthik back, a player who was unfairly treated under the last reign. Dropping him is one of the stupidest decisions of all time.
We will make Samson happy too. https://t.co/sImEQDBsa9
— asia cup GOATed (@awkdipti) September 12, 2022
It's very shocking Sanju Samson is not in any India's squad, not in T20 world cup squad and not even for Australia and South Africa series.
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 12, 2022
No big surprises in the T20 World Cup squad, straight forward, what they have done with selections and backing, all the players have been drafted in the 15 – Hard luck for Ravi Bishnoi and Sanju Samson.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 12, 2022
Fitness – 100%
Technique and Shot Selection – 100%
Hitting ability ✓
Yet He is not even Considered as an Option in the team. India is failed to use One of the Best T20 player of the country.#Sanju#sanjusamson#samson #Sanju @IamSanjuSamson #T20WorldCup2022 pic.twitter.com/ukGJtb3tXI
— madan Parmar Nimboda (@MParmars) September 11, 2022
Sanju Samson to BCCI for not selecting him in the world cup pic.twitter.com/pcqhi55L9a
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) September 12, 2022
BCCI ~ Bolo Pencil…
Sanju Samson ~ Pencil.
BCCI ~ T20 World Cup Me Selection Cancel…
— Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) September 12, 2022
— Vishesh Roy (@vroy38) September 12, 2022
India squad for ICC T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby players – Mohd. Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.
India Squad for Australia T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd. Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
India squad for South Africa T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohd. Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.