Why was Sanju Samson not selected? (PC-AFP)
Why was Sanju Samson not selected, what is Sanju Samson’s fault, why so much injustice to Sanju Samson? Whenever Team India is announced, you must have seen or read such questions. Once again the same questions are coming to the fore in social media and in the conversations of cricket fans. On Monday, Team India announced the squad for the five-match T20 series against Australia and Sanju Samson was not included in this 15-member squad. After Sanju Samson’s name disappeared, his fans once again started raising questions on the Indian selectors.
However, this time the question of ousting Sanju Samson is a bit strange and its answer is also very simple and easy. Let us tell you why Sanju Samson did not get a place in the Indian T20 team and it is possible that the selectors have lost confidence in this player. This may seem a bit harsh to you but you should also know the reasons for this.
Sanju Samson’s performance
The biggest reason for not selecting Sanju Samson in the T20 team is his form. This player was part of Team India in the last two T20 series. Sanju took part in the 5-match T20 series in West Indies and also got a chance in two T20 matches played in Ireland. During this period, Sanju Samson failed miserably. Sanju scored only 32 runs in the West Indies T20 series. Not only this, he scored 41 runs in 2 matches against Ireland. His top score was 27 runs. Let us accept that it is not right to drop a player from one or two series but Samson has played a total of 24 T20 matches in his T20 career and during this period his batting average is less than 20. Now think, if a player fails so badly with the bat, then why would the selectors choose him in the team?
Sanju’s option has been found
One reason for keeping Sanju Samson out is that Team India has no dearth of options. Team India has many options. Which includes Tilak Verma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma. Talking about Tilak Verma, apart from batting in the middle order, he can also bowl. Rinku Singh is fast emerging as a match finisher. Jitesh Sharma has also impressed the selectors with his aggressive batting and wicket-keeping skills. In such a situation, it would not be wrong if it is said that the selectors have started looking beyond Sanju Samson.
Sanju did nothing even in SMAT
Sanju Samson had a good chance to make a comeback in Team India. He played 6 matches in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. But even there his bat did not work. Samson could score only 138 runs at an average of 27.60. If Sanju had done well in this tournament then obviously he would have been selected in the team.