T20 World Cup 2022: “You have to keep your friendships aside”

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Denmark’s Kaneria has recently claimed that India made the wrong choice by selecting Rishabh Pant over Sanju Samson in the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, he suggested Pant got the green light for Samson because of his friendship with the senior team members. He suggested the left-hander shouldn’t be an automatic choice in the shortest format, given his recent underwhelming performances.

Kaneria felt that Samson would have been a better option for India as he would have done well on Australian pitches due to his good hand-eye coordination. The former Pakistani cricketer explained:

“India should keep their friendships aside and not choose their players based on that. Rishabh Pant doesn’t look like a good T20 player. He is more suited for cricket and test matches at 50.

“Sanju Samson might be a better option than Rishabh Pant. Pant’s recent performances haven’t been great either and Dinesh Karthik is already in the squad as well.”

Kaneria added:

“Samson deserved to be in the team. He was impressive in India’s tour of Australia in 2020. His hand-eye coordination is very good. The wickets in Australia would have suited his style of play. Pant is no doubt a very good player, but I don’t think he should be part of the Indian T20 team at the moment.”

Samson will also not be part of India’s squad for their upcoming home T20I series against Australia. The keeper-beater will next be seen in action during the three-game ODI series between India ‘A’ and New Zealand ‘A’.

The Rajasthan Royals skipper has been named India’s ‘A’ team captain for the assignment. The rubber’s opening match will be played on Thursday, September 22 in Chennai.

‘Would have added more pressure on managers’ – Dane Kaneria on Sanju Samson’s exclusion from India squad for Australia series

India and Australia are set to face off in a three-game T20I series. Kaneria remarked that Sanju Samson was not chosen for the series as it would have made things difficult for the Indian selectors as he would surely have scored big points.

The ex-footer highlighted the number of unhappy fans that Samson wasn’t selected for India’s T20 World Cup squad. He mentioned that this might be why they named him India captain A for the New Zealand Serie A. Kaneria added:

“Had Sanju Samson been in India’s squad for the Australian series, surely he would have performed well. It would have added more pressure on the India selectors as many fans have already expressed their displeasure with his absence from the T20 World The Cup team.

“That’s why they made him India A captain instead. India will definitely miss Samson at the World Cup.”

The Men in Blue will face Australia in their opening match of the T20I series on Tuesday September 20 at the Punjab Cricket Association’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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