Shashi Tharoor’s stern remarks after Sanju Samson sat out in the third ODI



The debate between Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson is once again back in the spotlight after India’s dismal batting display in their third and final match against New Zealand in Christchurch on Wednesday. While Sanju was left out to warm the bench, vice-captain Pant could only score 10 runs from 16 deliveries as the visitors were compiled for 219 in 47.3 overs.

With the hosts leading the 3-match series 1-0, the final ODI becomes a game to be won India But they were unable to set a difficult target for the New Zealanders. After opening duo Shekhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill departed early, the onus of anchoring the Hindi roles fell on the shoulders of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. But again the wicket-taker played a wrong shot and drilled it to Glenn Phillips near the leg-deep square boundary off Daryl Mitchell’s delivery.

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Social media soured over Pant’s dismissal because the team’s management preferred him over Sanju Samsun. Netizens launched a brutal attack on the Delhi cricketer, and compared his batting stats with his teammate from Kerala.

Joining the bandwagon was notorious politician Shashi Tharoor who made stern remarks about Pant, suggesting that the youngster needed a break. The MP further stated that Sanju would now have to wait for the IPL to showcase his batting talent as he was not named in the squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

“Another failure for Pant, who clearly needs a break from white-ball cricket. Another chance denied to @IamSanjuSamson who now has to wait for the IPL to show he is one of the best first-class bats in India. #IndvsNZ,” Tharoor wrote on Twitter.

Tharoor’s comment was actually a retweet referring to a post he made after the start of the trilogyResearch and development ODI on Wednesday morning. In his previous tweet, the politician highlighted the difference between the stats of both the cricketers, adding that Sanju was benched again despite having a better average than Pant.

“Pant did really well in fourth place, so it’s important to support him,” says @VVSLaxman281. He is a good unfit player and has failed ten of his last eleven innings; Samson has averaged 66 in ODI matches, and has been successful in all of his last five matches while off the bench. Go figure. @IamSanjuSamson,” Tharoor tweeted.

Meanwhile, Washington Sundar blasted his first ODI 50 to carry India to a modest 219 against New Zealand. On a field where there was plenty of weeds and sideways action, and in overcast conditions, India’s innings never really got under way, until Sundar stood up to hit a four and a six in 64 balls to take the visitors past the 200 mark.

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On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer also bowled 49 as the rest of the bowlers struggled and perished in a disciplined bowling display by New Zealand. For the hosts, the use of Daryl Mitchell as the fifth player was a huge blow, as he picked 3/25 in seven overs.

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