India’s is set to miss out on the T20I series against Australia as per the Selection Committee’s decision. Captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul will be absent from the series as well. In their absence, T20I star batter, Suryakumar Yadav will replace Rohit and lead the Indian side for the first time.
While Team India will be gearing up for their upcoming series starting from 23 November, fans can’t seem to digest the omission of Sanju Samson from the squad yet again. Samson who leads the Rajasthan Royal franchise in IPL, was also not included in the Indian squad for World Cup 2023 and ODI series against Australia.
The exclusion of the star wicket keeper has disheartened fans as they are raising ‘Justice for Sanju Samson’ slogans on social media.
Justice For Sanju Samson . pic.twitter.com/fpOfs2R4VA
— Aufridi Chumtya (@ShuhidAufridi) November 20, 2023
Sanju Samson in his last t20i scored 40(26) which includes 4,4,0,6 in Josh Little over.
-Omitted for Aus t20is
In his last odi scored 51(41)
-Omitted from WC squad.
— Anurag(@SamsonCentral) November 20, 2023
Let’s trend this
JUSTICE FOR SANJU SAMSON
Indian team for the Australia T20I series is announced yet Sky was made captain with no experience meanwhile Sanju Samson is captaining Rajasthan royals for so many years . pic.twitter.com/hoSEvJulpC
— Kanhaiya Lal Saran (@SaranKL_) November 20, 2023
Uncertain about the selectors’ stance on Sanju Samson. What did he do wrong? Scoring runs in ODIs got him dropped, and now dropped from T20Is too. It’s frustrating. Don’t the Indian selectors see his potential?
A lamentable situation for Sanju Samson. pic.twitter.com/srRDquL5Bu
— Vipin Tiwari (@Vipintiwari952_) November 20, 2023
Talking about the squad, the wicket keeper’s place will be filled by Jitesh Sharma in absence of KL Rahul. Besides Surya and Prasidh Krishna, Ishan Kishan who didn’t get much chance to bat in the World Cup 2023 campaign is also included in the squad.
Axar Patel, who was withdrawn from the World Cup squad due to an injury, is set to make his comeback. Ruturaj Gaikwad who captained India in Asian Games will play as the vice captain for the team in upcoming series.
Shreyas Iyer will join the squad as vice-captain for the last two T20Is in Raipur and Bengaluru.
India’s squad: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Dubey, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar
Fixtures of Australia’s tour of India, 2023 – T20I series
23rd November, 1st T20I in Visakhapatnam
26th November, 2nd T20I in Thiruvananthapuram
28th November, 3rd T20I in Guwahati
1st December, 4th T20I in Raipur
3rd December, 5th T20I in Bengaluru