'Boycott Thiruvananthapuram T20I' - Fans lash out at selectors after Sanju Samson's exclusion

Fans from Kerala are planning to boycott the second T20I vs WI.

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The juggernaut of the Indian home season rolls on. After the two-match Test series against Bangladesh, the Men in Blue will host West Indies for a three-match Twenty20 series which will be followed by as many as One-day Internationals. The T20I series will kickstart at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on December 06.

So, the Indian team, that will square off against the Men from the Caribbean, was announced on Thursday, November 21, and one of the shocking changes to the squad as far as the T20Is is concerned was the exclusion of Kerala and Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson. And, now the fans, who are flabbergasted with their home town hero’s exclusion from the squad have gone as far as saying that everyone should boycott the second T20I between India and the West Indies which is set to take place at Thiruvananthapuram.

The MSK Prasad-led selection committee sprung in a major surprise when they decided to drop Samson out of the squad for the series against the West Indies, especially after the mercurial wicketkeeper-batsman wasn’t given any chance to prove his worth in international cricket during the recently concluded T20I series against the Asian Tigers.

Fans lash out at selectors for Sanju Samson’s exclusion

Samson was forced to warm the bench in all three matches against Bangladesh even as the incumbent wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant continued to struggle both in front and behind the wickets. But, with Pant failing to regain his form, it was widely assumed that Samson would finally get his chance to showcase his skills against the West Indies.

Samson’s form in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy wasn’t up to the mark, where he has managed just 112 runs in four games. However, that has not stopped his fans as well as prominent public figures like Shashi Tharoor to voice their opinion against the exclusion of the Rajasthan Royals keeper.

Tharoor took to Twitter to vent his displeasure at Samson’s exclusion where he wrote, “Very disappointed to see @IamSanjuSamson dropped without a chance. He carried the drinks for three T20Is & has been promptly discarded. Are they testing his batting or his heart?”

Earlier, Samson’s IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals had also posted a cryptic tweet after the wicketkeeper-batsman’s snub from the T20I squad.

Here’s how fans have reacted: