Team India On Tuesday he arrived at McLean Park in Napier for his third and final T20I against New Zealand. The visitors are already leading the series 1-0 and aiming to impress a clean sweep before heading into the ODI series. Hardik Pandya & Co lost the toss and were required to run first. But as soon as the India XI was released, a section of the cricket fans got very depressed.
Pandya reported on the change made to the playing eleven i.e. Harshal Patel replaced Washington’s all-rounder Sundar. But the fans, who were eagerly awaiting to see Kerala goalkeeper Sanju Samson in the mix, were left heartbroken.
Having missed out on a place in the T20 Globalism Trophy team, Samson returned for the white-ball tour of New Zealand. Since Wellington’s first T20I was washed up, his fans expected to see him play in the remaining matches. But when they didn’t find him in line on both occasions, they vented on social media.
Check out the reactions of angry Sanju Samson fans:
No Sanju Samson, No Imran Malik 👏 Why is Bhuvneshwar Kumar still in the team? Can someone explain please – SushantNMehta (@SushantNMehta) November 22, 2022
How unlucky Sanju Samson, as he doesn’t even get a chance to play in second series x11 of Indian team, Samson should retire and play better in overseas league like VAF, at least he will get the respect he deserves. #SanjuSamson pic.twitter.com/XTgP18Bfyx– Sreerag Rajesh (@RajeshSreerag) November 22, 2022
This is very annoying. How much does he have to lead? – MikeW (@MichaelWters) November 22, 2022
Justice for Samson #SanjuSamson – omprakash Ninama (@ompraka45728516) November 22, 2022
Hats off to Sanjo Samson for your patience. One player still stands a chance even after playing 60 plus T20Is. And you are Sango Samson.. 🙏🏻 Upar wala sab dekh raha hai. 🙏🏻
– Avinash Aryan (@AvinashArya09) November 22, 2022
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat. They made one change to the playing XI as Mark Chapman took the place of regular captain Kane Williamson, who had missed this game due to a pre-arranged medical appointment.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (w), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Esh Soddy, Tim Southey (c), Lucky Ferguson.
India: Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant (w), Suriyakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya (md), Deepak Hooda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Muhammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.