'If Sanju had got more runs…': Sunil Gavaskar reacts to Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal's Asia Cup snubs
On Monday, India's lineup for the 2023 Asia Cup was released, and one of the major talking points was the inclusion of Sanju Samson as a backup option.
Samson had a mixed performance for India in previous matches against the West Indies. While he failed to create an impression in the T20I series, Samson was only able to play in two of the three ODIs.
While he was bowled for nine runs in the second ODI, he hit 51 runs in 41 balls in a match that India won by 200 runs. Sunil Gavaskar, a former India captain, believes Samson may have made the squad if he had performed more consistently in recent matches. Another major talking point was Yuzvendra Chahal's omission from the squad.
Gavaskar stated that in both cases, the players may have overlooked more than one element, rather than simply being out of form. "If Sanju Samson had gotten more runs, he would have been a lock for the team."
Chahal is no exception. However, there are occasions when you must consider the team's balance. "The selectors are sometimes hampered because they are looking at different aspects such as fielding and what they can do with the bat," Gavaskar said on India Today.
"Kuldeep Yadav is a better batter than Kuldeep down the order, which could explain why he gets the nod over Chahal." Samson is also a good option because he is an all-rounder who can keep wickets.
These are the criteria that the selecting committee will consider. Sanju Samson is only 29 years old, therefore I doubt this will be his final World Cup. There is still time for him to make the Indian team. "I believe it is a very good side, and we should support them," he remarked.
Chahal's response to the snub
Chahal reacted to the news by posting a statement that captain Rohit Sharma had made after he was left out of India's team for the 2018 series against England. Chahal's mysterious tweet quickly went viral.
"It's a difficult one to accept. Continue your efforts. The sun will rise once more. "We Keep Trying," a Twitter user congratulated Chahal. "Don't worry, Yuzi Bhaiya, the best is yet to come," said another X user.