Sanju Samson was also not included in the playing XI for the third T20I between India and New Zealand at McLean Park in Napier. Fans are disappointed due to Sanju Samson being constantly ignored from the playing XI. Fans are waging a campaign on Twitter about Sanju Samson. You will be surprised to know that Sanju, who made his T20 International debut in 2015, has played only 16 T20 matches for India so far.
Sanju Samson played less matches than Pant and Ishan
Compare Sanju Samson’s record with other wicket-keeper batsman of India and you will find that this player does not get as many opportunities as he deserves. Rishabh Pant, who was constantly battling in T20 International, made his debut in T20 International in the year 2017, later than Sanju Samson. Rishabh Pant has played 64 T20 matches since then.
On the other hand, young wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan, who made his debut in 2021, has also played 19 T20 matches for India so far. KL Rahul, who has been a part of India’s T20 team as a wicketkeeper, made his debut in the year 2016 and has played 72 matches so far. Sanju Samson has played 16 T20I matches in which he scored 296 runs at a strike rate of 135.2.
3 reasons why he is being ignored
The biggest reason for Sanju Samson not being selected in the playing XI is the Rishabh Pant factor. Being a left-handed batsman, Rishabh Pant has the ability to diversify the middle order apart from opening. He is also an excellent finisher. If you look at the overall T20, you will find that Rishabh Pant’s record is much better than that of Sanju Samson.
The team management is unable to trust Sanju. The captain be it Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli, he has always been in favor of giving a chance to any player other than Sanju in the playing XI. This is the reason why Samson, who made his debut in 2015, has played only 16 T20 matches for Team India in more than 7 years.
Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul and the rise of Dinesh Karthik in the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, all the wicketkeeper batsmen have been seen playing in Team India. Amidst all this, Sanju has always been made the scapegoat. Sanju Samson did not get as many opportunities in the playing XI of Team India as he deserves.