Team India wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson received grand applause from the Chennai crowd as he came out to bat during a game between India A and New Zealand A. Incidentally, Samson is leading the India A side in a three-match ODI series against New Zealand A.
In a video posted by a fan on Twitter, the Chepauk crowd is seen whistling and cheering for the celebrated cricketer as he makes his way into the field. Fans had gathered in numbers to watch the game and were eager to see Sanju Samson bat. The keeper walked in to bat at number 4 after the dismissal of Rahul Tripathi.
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Sanju Samson scored an unbeaten 29 off 32 balls as India chased down the target of 168 and is now leading the series by 1-0.
India A pacers swayed the New Zealand batters and sent them packing with just 167 runs on board after asking them to bat first. Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Sen clinched 4/32 and 3/30 wickets, respectively. In response, India lost an early wicket in the form of Prithvi Shaw. Ruturaj Gaikwad (41 off 54) and Rajat Patidar (45 off 41) led India A to a comfortable victory.
New Zealand A are touring India for a series of three Tests and as many ODIs. India A have already dominated the Test series and now they have carried the momentum into the ODIs. They will look forward to sealing the series with a win in the second game.
Sanju Samson snubbed from the team for T20 World Cup 2022
In his whole career, Sanju Samson has been in and out of the team constantly. Eyeing his recent form, fans were expecting him to break into India’s T20 World Cup squad. However, Samson was not picked by the selectors and was not even named in the reserves.
His snub outraged the fans. Reports also came in that his fans were planning to hold a protest in his support. There has been an uproar on social media platforms. Post this, the BCCI selection committee appointed Sanju Samson as the captain of the India A team. Many critics questioned the timing of this and termed it a consolation prize for the wicketkeeper batter.