New Delhi: Recently, the BCCI had announced Team India for the upcoming International T20 series against South Africa and the fifth Test against England. At the same time, there were a lot of expectations about the possible team for the T20 series against South Africa. However, soon after the announcement of the team by the selection committee, there was a wave of disappointment among the cricket lovers when they did not see the inclusion of some of the names that they had fully expected. Even critics like Harsha Bhogle have taken to Twitter to express their anger and displeasure over other star players like Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Shikhar Dhawan not being retained in the team.
In the last few seasons, these players have shown a lot of consistency with their game. Since 2021, Tripathi has scored 810 runs in the IPL and has shown steady performances in domestic cricket as well as throughout the tournament. Rahul has so far scored 413 runs at a strike rate of 158.24 in the current IPL season. In particular, he has been the highest run-scorer for Sunrisers in this edition. While Samson has scored more than 900 runs in the same period with his knockout batting. A large section of the supporters admit that he deserved to join Team India, after his fine season, and these figures show him as one of the best batsmen in the country. At the same time, we should not forget that Samson has done amazing captaincy. They have put up a bang one after the other to take Rajasthan Royals to the playoffs. However, another player turned down by the BCCI is Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan has scored 460 runs in 14 matches of IPL 2022, compared to 587 in the previous season and 618 runs in the previous season. Although he is still part of the ODI team, he has not been included in the T20I squad.
Even after being ignored by the selectors for the upcoming series, Sanju Samson looked unconcerned in Rajasthan's playoff match on Tuesday (May 24). Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Samson once again played well in Qualifier-1 against Gujarat Titans (GT) at the prestigious Eden Gardens. In particular, Samson led his team from the front and played a blistering knock of 47 runs, providing a great stage for the middle-order batsmen to play their natural game. He hit two fours against Shami's deliveries while he hit two sixes off Alzarri Joseph in the sixth over to take Rajasthan Royals' score to 55/1 at the end of the power play.
There is no doubt that all these players are master batsmen, and their non-selection in Team India raises a big doubt about the kind of aggressive cricket That India wants to play and see. Even after this, it is clear that fans and supporters want to see these players do their best in all formats. '