“Made Runs In All His Last Five Matches”, Shashi Tharoor Backs Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson(Image: BCCI)

Right after Sanju Samson being seated for the last 2 ODIs in the India tour of New Zealand 2022, the right-hander receives backing from all around the cricket community.

Shashi Tharoor Backs Sanju Samson

After scoring 36 in the first ODI against New Zealand, Samson was dropped for the 2nd ODI as team management wanted to have a batting all-rounder, who can also roll his arm over. Team India did not change their playing XI for the third ODI, and hence Sanju Samson found himself on the bench.

Ahead of the third ODI, India’s head coach for the series, VVS Laxman spoke to the host broadcaster where he spoke about Rishabh Pant and where the left-hander should bat in ODIs.

However, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor did not seem impressed with Laxman’s words, and he took to Twitter to say: “Pant has done well at No. 4, so it is important to back him,” says @VVSLaxman281. He’s a good player out of form who’s failed in ten of his last 11 innings; Samson averages 66 in ODIs, has made runs in all his last five matches & is on the bench. Go figure. @IamSanjuSamson,” tweeted Mr. Tharoor.

After the 2nd ODI was abandoned due to rain, India captain Shikhar Dhawan revealed the reason for the change, saying, “We wanted the sixth bowler to come in, so Sanju Samson missed out and Hooda came in.”

The second ODI match between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain. India were 89 for 1 in 12.5 overs when rain interrupted the play to see the game eventually being abandoned.

Sanju Samson have so far played 11 ODIs and scored 330 runs with a highest of 86 at a strike rate of 104.76. India lost the 3 match ODI series by 1-0 after last two matches being abandoned due to rain.