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‘There was room for both Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi’ – T20I squad vs SA announced, Twitter reacts

Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi have been left out of India’s squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. BCCI announced their squad today, with the three senior players Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah being rested ahead of the  tour of England in July.

KL Rahul will captain the squad, while Rishabh Pant has been named as his vice-captain. Players like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Venkatesh Iyer, wo were selected earlier this year for the Sri Lanka series were retained in the squad despite their poor IPL seasons.

Selectors have granted an opportunity to Dinesh Karthik after his sublime form as a finisher for the ROyal Challengers Bangalore this year. Umran Malik also broke into the squad, after stunning the cricket world this season with his performances for SRH.

But the two most notable IPL performers this year have been ignored for the series, namely Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Sanju Samson and Sunrisers Hyderabad middle-order batter Rahul Tripathi. Samson was part of the squad that played Sri Lanka and batted only two innings, but was dropped. Samson’s unfortunate luck continues; in the seven years since he made his T20I debut in 2015, he has played just thirteen matches.

Meanwhile Rahul Tripathi had a wonderful season for SRH. He has scored 413 runs from 14 innings,  averaging 37 while batting at a strikerate of 158.

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