former India In the opener, Wasim Jaffar pointed out why the in-form Sanju Samson was left out of India’s squad for the second ODI against New Zealand on Sunday. Samson, who scored an unbeaten 36 in the opener, was replaced by Deepak Hooda in the XI as India needed an extra bowling option which he missed in the last over. The wicket-taker has been described as a talented batsman by many but he still could not cement his place in the Indian team mainly because of the lack of chances he got.
Samson was not part of India’s T20 squad Globalism Trophy but was called up for the tour of New Zealand but did not get a chance to play in the T20Is.
Jafar, known for his vocal opinions, shared his opinion of Samson sitting in Hamilton.
Sanju has been dropped despite playing well because we don’t have enough all players and part time options. 2 cents on why all setters and part time work are so rare. #NZvIND #SanjuSamson, he tweeted.
The former opener also confirmed that the selectors were impatient while trying many all-rounders in the past and also revealed the reason behind the shortage of part-time bowlers in the team.
“Lack of all round: We don’t manage all round well. Since there are not many around us, we rush to play them at the highest level, but after a few bad games, they come out as fast as they come in. A few examples are Vijay Shankar, Venky Lair, Shivam Dubey, and Kronal Pandya. Need to be patient as they develop. Lack of part-time bowling options: With bowling machines and specialists thrown around, batsmen have stopped bowling into the net.”
Meanwhile, rain had the last word as the second starting point between India and New Zealand at Seddon Park was abandoned due to rain on Sunday. There was some speculation of rain threatening to disrupt the proceedings, but it drenched the match.
Before the rain finally prevailed, 12.5 overs could be made to play as India were spurred on to bat first by New Zealand, who won the toss for the second time in as many matches of the series.