Aakash Chopra opines on Sanju Samson’s non-selection in India’s squad
By SMCS - Sep 13, 2022 3:03 pm
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has said that Sanju Samson’s non-selection in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year did not surprise him at all. Notably, India will have Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik – the two wicketkeeper-batters, along with KL Rahul.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson

While reviewing the selection in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “I don’t think anyone has been left out in the batting. There have been tweets only for Sanju Samson since the time the squad has come, about where is Sanju and that his performances have been much better than the others. The truth is that he was not part of this race at all.”

He continued: “If someone was not part of this race, he had no chance of coming into this team. So I am not surprised that Sanju is not there here. You shouldn’t be surprised either even if you are slightly hurt. This is how the selection is generally done. You don’t want to put any wildcard entries.”

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson scored a fifty

However, Sanju Samson was not part of the Indian squad for the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022. He did well in the limited-overs series against West Indies and Zimbabwe but has failed to be featured in the Indian squad again.

“The batting lineup that was chosen for the Asia Cup, there are no injury concerns, so you have picked the same team for the World Cup – makes absolute sense. Predictability makes the selection better. If outsiders get that realization, it’s not a bad thing. The stability is seen in the batting. Rahul and Rohit will open, you will see Kohli at three and Suryakumar Yadav at four. After that, you will see two out of Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant playing,” Aakash Chopra concluded.