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Fans chant 'Sanju Samson' as Team India reach Trivandrum for 1st T20I vs South Africa

Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal took to Instagram to share posts and stories respectively, where people can be seen chanting the name of the Rajasthan Royals' skipper.

Kartik Mehindru Written By: Kartik Mehindru @mehindrukartik New Delhi Updated on: September 26, 2022 18:22 IST
Ashwin and Chahal shares stories from the scenes in Trivandrum.
Image Source : INSTAGRAM Ashwin and Chahal shares stories from the scenes in Trivandrum.

Indian Team was greeted with the chants of Sanju Samson as they touched Trivandrum. Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal took to Instagram to share posts and stories respectively, where people can be seen chanting the name of the Rajasthan Royals' skipper.

Earlier, Sanju Samson missed out on the flight to Australia as BCCI included Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant as wicketkeeping options. Accoring to PTI's BCCI source, Sanju Samson will get a place in the team for the ODI series.

"Sanju in any case will be playing the ODIs against South Africa as selectors will maintain the continuity from the Zimbabwe tour." Samson has played as few as 16 T20Is so far. He has scored 296 runs with a high score of 77 and an average of 21.14 runs.

The 27-year-old last played T20I against West Indies on August 7. He scored 15 runs off 11 deliveries before getting dismissed by Odean Smith.

In the management's defence, they already have a lot going on in the batting department. From the choice between Pant and Karthik in Playing XI to the sequence of top-order batters, Team India is trying different strategies.

Talking about Samson's game, he hasn't really made the opportunities count. He may have played an attacking brand of cricket, but consistently getting out in the 20s and 30s did not help his case.

T20 World Cup Full squad:

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

Standby players - Mohammad Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar

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