The right-handed batter Sanju Samson was once again left off of India’s playing XI for the second one-day international (ODI) match against New Zealand. After the match was called off due to rain, India’s captain Shikhar Dhawan explained the decision by saying that the management wanted to opt for a player who could also bowl a few overs, so Deepak Hooda was preferred ahead of Samson. Samson was left off of the team because of this decision.
But the supporters were underwhelmed, and throughout the day there were cries for the team to figure out a way to use Samson in the starting lineup on a more consistent basis.
Samson batted for 38 balls and scored 36 runs with the help of four boundaries in the first one-day international that was played against New Zealand.
Fans at the now taking place FIFA World Cup showed their support for the Indian batter, and the resulting photo is currently going viral on social media.
The Rajasthan Royals, Samson’s franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has an official Twitter handle, and it displayed an image of fans cheering for Samson at the FIFA World Cup.
Shikhar Dhawan, the captain of India, explained the reasoning behind the substitution after the second one-day international match was called off due to rain. He stated, “We needed the sixth bowler to come in, thus Sanju Samson missed out and Hooda came in.”
Rain prevented the second One-Day International (ODI) match between India and New Zealand from taking place. Rain forced the abandonment of the game after it had already been played for 12.5 overs and India had reached 89 for 1 in their innings.
The rain had earlier forced the match to be shortened to 29 overs each side, but the subsequent interruption caused it to be called off without a winner being declared.
Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, won the toss and decided his team would bowl first against India in the game.
On Wednesday, in Christchurch, the third and final one-day international match between India and New Zealand will take place. At this point in the series, New Zealand had a 1-0 advantage.