The BCCI announced the squad for the upcoming limited-overs series against the West Indies, where India are set to play three T20Is and three ODIs against the visiting Windies, the second time the teams will be playing each other in a series this year.
While most of the squad was on expected lines, there was one particular player whose exclusion generated quite a bit of chatter on social media. Sanju Samson, who last played for India in 2015, was dropped from the squad despite not given a single game in the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh.
Many of them were also critical of the constant backing for Rishabh Pant, who has not had a great time with the bat in recent times, and was even dropped from the Test team at the start of the South Africa series.
Check out some of the reactions here:
Sanju Samson not in the squad against the West Indies. How do you drop a player without giving him a single chance? And what do you think it's doing to the confidence of the cricketer?— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) November 21, 2019
Hard on Sanju Samson but I guess he is much better off playing games rather than just travelling around. Big vote of confidence in Rishabh Pant but the team will expect more from him.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 21, 2019
#INDvsWI— PasuPathy (@pathy0251997) November 21, 2019
Sanju Samson Dropped from Squad for WI series
Every Palyer gets a chance and fails but He fails everytime without Getting even a Single Chance
Being Sanju Samson is Really Hard#Sanjusamson pic.twitter.com/ONGFNqUPGl
Samson had come into the team on the back of a productive Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he scored 410 runs in eight matches at an average of 58.57. The highlight was a record-breaking 212*, his first double-century in limited-overs cricket.
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