Team India captain Hardik Pandya (for IND vs NZ T20 series) has come under target of his fans for not giving place to Sanju Samson in the playing XI in the second and third T20 match against New Zealand.
India registered a resounding win in the 2nd T20I against New Zealand and Suryakumar Yadav once again proved why is the no.1 T20 batsman. But the third match was declared draw after rain interruption. But Indian cricket fans could not keep their calm as the team management, Coach VVS Lakshman and skipper Hardik Pandya gave Rishabh Pant another chance despite the disappointment but could not include Sanju Samson in the playing XI.
After the failure in the T20 World Cup, under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, the Indian team was playing T20 series against New Zealand. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given rest to senior players like Captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik.
Despite the victory in the second T20 against New Zealand, captain Hardik Pandya and team coach VVS Laxman were on target and the reason was neglecting Sanju Samson for the entire T20 series.
Pant flopped again in the second and third match, but despite the first disapointment, Rishabh Pant was given a chance as wicketkeeper, who started the innings with Ishaan Kishan. But Sanju Samson who is available and a part of the IND vs NZ squad did not get to play in any of the matches.
Former Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri has also talked about giving a chance to Sanju Samson. Ravi Shastri said, “Give Sanju Samson a chance. Give him 10 matches. It is not that you let him play two matches and then make him sit, make other people sit. Give Sanju Samson 10 matches and then see what he does next.’
For the unversed, Sanju Samson was also not kept in the team of Asia Cup 2022 and T20 World Cup 2022. India tried Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant in some matches of T20 World, but their performance was not up to the mark.
On the other hand, Sanju Samson had a great performance in IPL this year. He had scored 458 runs and his strike rate was also 146.79. Samson has so far played 16 T20 international matches for India. He last played against West Indies in August 2022, and since then has been waiting for his turn.