3 Indian players from NZvIND T20I squad who might not be selected for T20 World Cup
India’s preparations have been in full flow with them playing a T20I series with almost every team.
Updated - Jan 26, 2020 10:24 am
It’s the year of the T20 World Cup and all the focus has shifted to the mega event which is scheduled to be hosted in Australia in October later this year. Each team has been playing quite a lot of T20 cricket than more as well. India’s preparations have been in full flow with them playing a T20I series with almost every team.
In the 2019-20 home season, they played a three-match T20I series against every side that toured barring Australia. They are currently in New Zealand and are in the middle of their first-ever five-match T20I series. Virat Kohli and the team management have quite a few options at their disposal. In fact, most departments have enough backup players as well.
In New Zealand, India have 16 players for the T20I series. However, there are a few who might miss out with key players out injured for this series. Hence, here we look at three players from the current Indian squad which is in New Zealand who might not be selected for the T20 World Cup later this year.
1. Sanju Samson
Over the last few months, there’s been a pattern to Sanju Samson’s life. He is constantly being called in as an injury replacement in the Indian T20I side. However, he has been confined to the bench in every game except for one.
Samson was included in the XI for the third T20I against Sri Lanka and donned the gloves too. He replaced Rishabh Pant as India threw in an opportunity to their bench. The Kerala player scored a six off his first ball but was out next ball. He played a T20I after missing 73 games after his debut which is the most for an Indian player.
He played a couple of games for India ‘A’ after that as well before he replaced Shikhar Dhawan in the T20I squad in New Zealand. With KL Rahul now donning the gloves, Pant waiting in the wing and Ravi Shastri not ruling out MS Dhoni’s return, Samson’s inclusion for the T20 World Cup looks pretty bleak.