Twitter Reactions: Sanju Samson replaces Shikhar Dhawan for West Indies T20Is
Samson was initially dropped for the same series.
Updated - Nov 27, 2019 1:53 pm
Sanju Samson’s fortunes have been a witness to a roller coaster ride over the last few weeks. The Kerala batsman made his national debut in a T20I in Harare back in 2015 and it has thus far been his only match in India colours. He has a couple of centuries to his name in the Indian Premier League (IPL), representing the Rajasthan Royals (RR), but he kept on straining in List A cricket.
However, in the previous edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Samson notched a double century versus Goa. The national selectors took note of it and roped in him for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh. To his utter dismay, he didn’t get to play in the eleven. Rishabh Pant wasn’t in the greatest of nicks and Samson was expected to get a chance in one match or the other.
But that didn’t happen and he ended up warming the benches. To add insult to injury, he was also dropped from the three-match T20I series against the West Indies. The series is scheduled to get underway on December 6. The Indian team management was severely criticised for unceremoniously dropping the Young Turk without even giving him a chance to show his mettle.
Sanju Samson replaces Dhawan
But the rub of the green has now gone in Samson’s favour. Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the series and Samson has been roped in as the southpaw’s replacement. Dhawan is recovering from a knee injury that he suffered during the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, representing Delhi. Dhawan got a deep cut on his knee while fielding and was then taken to the hospital for treatment.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released a statement where it was mentioned that Dhawan needs more time to recover. Thereafter, the All-India Senior Selection Committee named Sanju as Shikhar’s replacement. Samson would be hoping to get a game this time around.
It now remains to be seen whether he can break into the playing eleven or not. In the meantime, after Sanju was taken back into the Indian team, the users on Twitter sounded excited.
Here is how Twitterati reacted after Samson’s inclusion
— Rahul Verma (@MrRahulRVerma) November 27, 2019
Sanju Samson can post another smiley on fb now. #SanjuSamson
— Thilak Ramamurthy (@Thilak_Rama) November 27, 2019
With the Indian captain coming back in the side, wonder Samson will get enough opportunity. Think tank may try Rahul as an opener keeping in mind the T20 WC next year. Ideally Samson should open the batting. https://t.co/xnp4p4JTCS
— Debasis Sen (@debasissen) November 27, 2019
Welcome Sanju Samson .
— Bhism Pratap Singh🇮🇳 (@bhismsingh) November 27, 2019
He should have been there in the first list of players. Instead Pant was selected.
Now he replacing injured Dhawan and Saha was Dhawan's first choice replacement. https://t.co/dplt2bMP6X
— Bharadwaj (@CyborgKroos) November 27, 2019
— ANISH THOPPIL (@ANISHTHOPPIL) November 27, 2019
Sanju Samson right now 🙏 pic.twitter.com/xwfb52fEXu
— Le Tadkamarkey (@Aneelgs) November 27, 2019
Shikhar Dhawan finds himself in an uncertain phase. Happy for Sanju Samson, though; should always have been there part of the squad. Also, extremely unfortunate for Wriddhiman Saha to sustain finger fracture and go through surgery. Hopefully, he recovers soon.
— KASHISH (@crickashish217) November 27, 2019
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Set the new RECORDS #INDvWI
— V I R A T “`🔥🔥 (@TheViper1818) November 27, 2019
— Kumar Pushkar (@thekumarpushkar) November 27, 2019
Since @IamSanjuSamson is in the team now , let’s make some noise to get him into the playing eleven . #SanjuSamson #SanjuSamsonfans #Kerala #India @imVkohli @BCCI #Sports #BleedBlue @ShashiTharoor #INDvWI #Cricket #BCCI
— Nikhil Chopra (@nikhilchopra) November 27, 2019
— Prabhakar chaudhary (@Prabhak96717561) November 27, 2019
Dont Let out ur Anger and Frustration by words !!
Just a Single Smiley, shud do the trick!!😎😁
— ▀▄▀▄▀▄ 🆅🅴🆃🆃🅰🅸🆈🅰🅽ᴰᴬᴿᴮᴬᴿ 🌟 ▄▀▄▀▄▀ (@vettaiyanparak) November 27, 2019
Why India not give chance to sanju samson in place of pant he is really best batsman please give him chance https://t.co/BjSv8laxXG
— Sayed Mohd Kashan Raza (@sayed_kashan) November 27, 2019
Would like to see Pant, Rohit, Rahul, Samson top 4 for once in the upcoming T20 series. https://t.co/Yir6vog5oN
— Maganlal (@Maganlal1303) November 27, 2019
Sanju now got chance so he should prove himself.. Enough chances to Pant now give him chance.
— ÇhîrÄG (@pcg22) November 27, 2019
GG wanking around the corner https://t.co/KPcCTFZd30
— Today is not my birthday (@Nagarjuna_29) November 27, 2019