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Sanju Samson receives a grand welcome as he comes out of Thiruvanthapuram airport ahead of 2nd T20I against West Indies

Sanju Samson was picked by the selectors as the replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sanju Samson, the young Indian wicket-keeper received a grand welcome when he landed in his hometown Trivandrum along with Team India for playing the 2nd T20I of the three-match series. Samson replaced injured Shikhar Dhawan in the national side, who sustained a knee injury during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

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The young wicket-keeper had hogged the spotlight earlier this year after smashing a brilliant double against Goa in this season of Vijay Hazare Trophy. He got a call up from the national selectors for the Bangladesh T20I series. Fans were hopeful that he might get a game against the ‘Tigers’ but the team management preferred Rishabh Pant over Samson. He was also dropped from the T20I squad that will lock horns with West Indies in the second T20I.

Sanju Samson reaches Trivandrum with Team India ahead of 2nd T20I

The Indian selection panel received a lot of criticism for excluding Samson from the team without any appropriate reason. However, due to Dhawan’s knee injury, he was again drafted back into the T20I squad. On Sunday, when Team India reached Kerala’s capital, a huge crowd reached the airport to welcome the local boy.

As soon as the Sanju Samson came out of the airport, fans started chanting his name as he received the loudest cheer among the Indian cricketers. Rajasthan Royals also shared the video on Twitter while writing: “A hero’s welcome for Sanju!”

There were speculations that the local boy might get a chance to take the field in the 2nd T20I against West Indies on his home ground. But that was not the case as Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper confirmed that his side has not opted for a change from the team that played in Hyderabad. It also elongated the wait of the fans who are eager to watch Sanju Samson donning the Indian jersey.

The Kerela batsman has delivered consistent performances in the domestic circuit. After making his First-class debut in 2011, the 25-year-old has amassed 2945 runs in 53 matches at an average of 36.8. He also has nine tons and 11 half-centuries under his belt.

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