Sanju Samson (File photo)
Sanju Samson (File photo)

Sanju Samson failed to make the cut for the upcoming 2022 T20I World Cup despite his consistent performances in T20Is this year.

India on Monday (September 12) announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, with pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel making a return after recovering from their respective injuries.

Sanju Samson | Getty
Sanju Samson | Getty

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The squad, however, didn’t feature all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who recently underwent knee surgery. Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the other two specialist pacers in the squad, along with the all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda.

Ravindra Jadeja (Picture Credit: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Picture Credit: Twitter)

On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel are the premier spinners in the Indian bowling line-up. The batting line-up is along expected lines with skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Dinesh Karthik all included.

Sanju Samson Misses Out From 2022 T20I World Cup Indian Squad Despite Impressive Performances In T20Is In 2022

However, there was a notable omission that caught everyone’s attention as swashbuckling batter Sanju Samson failed to make the cut despite impressing one and all with his T20I performances this year.

Sanju Samson has played six T20Is for India in 2022, scoring 179 runs at an impressive average of 44.75 and an exceptional strike rate of 158.40 with one half-century. Moreover, he led Rajasthan Royals to the IPL 2022 final this season. In spite of such exploits, Sanju Samson was reportedly not even in contention for the 2022 T20I World Cup squad.

“Sanju in any case will be playing the ODIs against South Africa as selectors will maintain the continuity from the Zimbabwe tour. Also, there was never any discussions on dropping Pant. He is the only left-hander we have at the top and he can win a match on his day,” a BCCI source said on conditions of anonymity.

Mohammad Shami
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Sanju Samson, the Kerala batter, who made his T20I debut in 2015, has managed 296 runs at a modest average of 21.14 in 16 T20Is and 176 runs in 7 ODIs averaging 44.

He scored his maiden T20I fifty (77) against Ireland this year and maiden ODI fifty (54) against West Indies this year. He is expected to play against South Africa in 3 match ODIs prior to the 2022 T20I World Cup where the World Cup-bound players will be rested.

Sanju Samson wasn’t even picked in the list of reserved players as the selectors kept Mohammad Shami and Deepak Chahar, middle order batter Shreyas Iyer, and leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi on standby. India will begin their T20I World Cup 2022 campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23.

India’s squad for T20I World Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh

Standby Players: Mohammad Shami, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi