Mumbai: Recently BCCI announced the Indian squad for the upcoming International T20 series against South Africa and the rescheduled fifth Test against England. At the same time, a lot of expectations were being raised about the probable team for the T20 series against South Africa.
However, soon after the team was announced by the selection committee, cricket fans ran into a wave of dismay when they did not see the inclusion of some of the names they had hoped for. Even netizens and critics like Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter to express their anger and displeasure over the rejection of star players like Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Shikhar Dhawan among others.
Over the past few seasons, these players have shown a lot of consistency with their game. Tripathi has scored 810 runs in IPL since 2021 and has shown steady performance throughout the tournament as well in domestic cricket. Rahul has so far scored 413 runs in the current IPL season at a strike rate of 158.24. Notably, he has been the highest run-scorer for Sunrisers in this edition. While Samson has scored more than 900 runs in the same period with his knockout batting. A large section of supporters believe that he deserved to be included in Team India, after his illustrious season, and these statistics show him as one of the best batsmen in the country. At the same time, we must not forget that Samson has executed an amazing captaincy. He has made Rajasthan Royals reach the playoffs by performing one after the other. However, Shikhar Dhawan is another player who was also rejected by the selection committee. Dhawan has scored 460 runs in 14 matches of IPL 2022, compared to 587 in the previous season and 618 runs before that. Although he is still a part of the ODI team, he has not been included in the T20I squad.
Sanju Samson looked unfazed in RR’s playoff match on Tuesday (24 May), despite being ignored by the selectors for the upcoming series. Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Samson once again displayed his knockout skills in Qualifier 1 against Gujarat Titans at the prestigious Eden Gardens. Notably, Samson led his side from the front and played a blistering knock of 47 runs, providing the middle-order batsmen a great foundation to play their natural game. He hit two fours against Shami’s balls while Alzarri Joseph hit two sixes in the sixth over to take Rajasthan Royals’ score to 55/1 at the end of the power play.
There is no doubt that all these players are master batsmen, and their not being selected in the Indian team raises a great doubt about the kind of aggressive cricket India wants to play and see. Despite this, it is clear that fans and supporters want to see these players perform at their best across all formats.