Sanju Samson has replaced Rishabh Pant for their 3rd T20I between India and Sri Lanka. The former will get his much-awaited chance to play for India after warming the bench for 4 years, more or less. However, other changes in the squad include Yuzvendra Chahal coming in for Kuldeep Yadav, whereas Manish Pandey will replace Shivam Dubey. The rotation could prove to be a great move ahead of the T20I World Cup which is just nine months away.
Although India hold a 1-0 advantage in the three-match series after their emphatic seven-wicket win at Indore’s Holkar stadium and a washed-out game in Guwahati, the hosts will still be under tremendous pressure as a loss would mean that teams will have to share the trophy – a bad sign for team's morale in the World Cup year.
Twitterati were overwhelmed by the squad news. "Good to see Sanju Samson making it to the playing eleven, finally! Long time spent waiting. Let's hope he's given ample opportunity to prove his mettle," a user wrote.
Sanju Samson instead of pant thanks for this valuable chance for him— Raj Mrityunjay (@Rajromantic1) January 10, 2020
Last 8 match he was sitting
Thanks to kohli and bcci
I had already tweeted so many times for him #SanjuSamson pic.twitter.com/rL4b282mAz
Finally the chance has been given to #SanjuSamson— Maddy Hitman 4️⃣5️⃣ (@singlemaddy45) January 10, 2020
Anyhow the toporders will smash the bowlers and he don't get a chance to prove May be will see his performance as keeper
Come on Sanju#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/Aqng5B8p96
Finally extremely talented Sanju Samson is playing today,— Ravi Pratap Dubey (@ravipratapdubey) January 10, 2020
He replaces Rishabh Pant.
Sanju last played for India in 2015 against Zimbabwe I guess.
He was sitting on the bench for the last 8 T20 matches,..
While many were overwhelmed with Samson getting a place in the starting XI, some did not miss the opportunity to troll Pant. "When Sanju Samson played last T20I for India, Rishabh Pant was looking for college after board results," a user tweeted.
When Sanju Samson played last T20I for India, Rishabh Pant was looking for college after board results. #INDvSL— Amitabh, Hindu Desi NRI, ️ (@hramitab123) January 10, 2020
Justice Justice Justice......— Harsh Tegta ਹਰਸ਼ ਤੇਗਟਾ (@HTegta) January 10, 2020
Sanju Samson in place of Rishabh Pant !!!
Congratulations Sanju !#INDvSL