India’s Right-handed batter Sanju Samson has not been able to get games consistently. Samson was dropped for the 2nd ODI against New Zealand, after scoring 36 runs in the first ODI. The playing XI of the Indian team remains the same for the third ODI and hence Sanju Samson found himself on the bench. However, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor showed displeasure with the decision taken regarding Sanju Samson and commented via Twitter. His tweet reads,-- Advertisement --
“Pant has done well at No. 4, so it is important to back him,” says @VVSLaxman281. He’s a good player out of form who’s failed in ten of his last 11 innings; Samson averages 66 in ODIs, has made runs in all his last five matches & is on the bench. Go figure. @IamSanjuSamson,”
"Pant has done well at No. 4, so it is important to back him," says @VVSLaxman281. He's a good player out of form who's failed in ten of his last 11 innings; Samson averages 66 in ODIs, has made runs in all his last five matches & is on the bench. Go figure. @IamSanjuSamson-- Advertisement --
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 30, 2022
So far, Sanju Samson has played 11 ODIs and in which he has scored 330 runs at an average of 66 with his highest score being 86 not out.
India’s captain for the ODI series, Shikhar Dhawan stated the reason for the change, saying,
“We wanted the sixth bowler to come in, so Sanju Samson missed out and Hooda came in.”
The 2nd ODI match between India and New Zealand was abandoned due to rain. India was 89 for 1 in 12.5 overs when rain interrupted the play.