Right-handed batsman Sanju Samson again sat on the bench of India’s playing XI for the 2nd ODI against New Zealand and after the match was abandoned due to rain, skipper Shikhar Dhawan gave reasoning that management wanted to opt for a player who could also bowl a few overs, hence Deepak Hooda was preferred over Samson. Fans were not impressed, however, and calls continued throughout the day to find a way to feature Samson in the lineup on a regular basis.
In the first ODI against New Zealand, Samson scored 36 runs off 38 balls using four boundaries.
Now fans of the ongoing FIFA World Cup showed their support for the Indian batsman and the picture is now going viral on social media.
The official Twitter account of Samson’s IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals showed the photo of fans supporting the batsman during the FIFA World Cup.
Everyone: Who do you support at the World Cup?
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) November 27, 2022
After the 2nd ODI was abandoned due to rain, Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan revealed the reason for the change saying “We wanted the sixth bowler to come in so Sanju Samson missed and Hooda came in.”
The second ODI match between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain. India were 89 for 1 on 12.5 overs when rain interrupted play and it was eventually abandoned.
The match was previously reduced to 29-overs-per-side due to rain, but the following stoppage forced the match to end without a result.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had won the toss and elected to bowl in the game against India.
India and New Zealand take on Wednesday in Christchurch in the third and final ODI. New Zealand are currently leading the series 1-0.
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