Sanju Samson, who made his ODI debut in 2021, has played 13 matches for India, scoring 390 runs with an average of 55.71 and three fifties. The omission of Ravichandran Ashwin from the Indian squad for the Australia series raised concerns, as he could potentially be in the World Cup team due to Axar Patel’s injury.
Social media users expressed frustration at the BCCI for not giving Sanju Samson a chance when four regular players were rested for the first two matches of the series. Samson was part of the Asia Cup team as a travelling reserve but was sent home during the Super Four stage and wasn’t considered for the Australia series.
Former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth, a member of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team, criticized Samson, calling for an “attitude” change, noting the increasing competition for spots in the Indian team.
Sanju Samson has not been selected for the Indian ODI World Cup squad
Sanju Samson made his ODI debut in 2021, featuring in 13 matches for India and accumulating 390 runs at an impressive average of 55.71 with three half-centuries. He participated in 10 matches during 2022, amassing 284 runs, including an unbeaten 86 against South Africa in Lucknow, and had two appearances this year, scoring 51 against West Indies in August.
Sreesanth expressed his view to Sportskeeda, stating that he believed the selection committee led by Ajit Agarkar made the correct decision by excluding Samson from the World Cup squad. He also advised his former teammate from Kerala to pay heed to the guidance provided by cricket legends such as Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar, who encouraged him to exhibit more patience in his batting.
“I think it’s the right decision because it’s very important for a player to understand himself,” Sreesanth told Sportskeeda. “From Gavaskar to Ravi Shastri, everyone rates him highly. There’s no doubt about his ability. But the approach… he doesn’t listen when someone asks him to play according to pitch. That attitude and approach he needs to change.”
“When the legends of the game are telling you to read the wicket…take your time. That is why I keep telling him the same thing, even now when I meet him…read the wicket first and bat accordingly,” he concluded.