India announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup roster in Australia and stayed with the same players despite a poor Asia Cup show. Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel are back from injury to up the pace, while Axar Patel replaced the injured Ravindra Jadeja. Players like Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul, who have received flak for their poor performance in the Asian Cup, have both made it to the roster.
Almost immediately after the team announced, the names of veteran pacer Mohammed Shami and wicketkeeper batter Sanju Samson started doing the rounds on Twitter and eventually became trending.
Both players are fan favorites and had stellar performances in the IPL 2022. Shami was the lead wicket taker for winners Gujarat Titans, while Samson had impressed everyone by leading Rajasthan Royals to their first final since winning the trophy in 2008.
Although Shami made it to the standby player list, Samson has not been named at all.
India squad for ICC T20 World Cup:Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah , Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby players –mohd. Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.
Here are some reactions from fans:
Shame on ignore Samson and choose unworthy players.. this is why we have never won any trophies since 2013 pic.twitter.com/crRgoFg1t3
— Anurag™ (@RightGaps) September 12, 2022
— Mr. (@VK__GoatI8) September 12, 2022
Sanju Samson to BCCI for not selecting him at the World Cup pic.twitter.com/pcqhi55L9a
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) September 12, 2022
It is very shocking that Sanju Samson is not in any Indian squad, not in the T20 World Cup squad and not even for the Australian and South African series.
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 12, 2022
I wish the team had allowed themselves to see some more of Mohd Shami after the IPL so he could compete for a place in the XI.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 12, 2022
Bigggg Biggggg mistake made by INDIA that they don’t pick Mohammed Shami in 15 squad.
— Syed Aamir Quadri (@aamir28_) September 12, 2022
no shami no samson…
— JQ indian (@indian_jq) September 12, 2022
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