Former cricketers Ashish Nehra and Murali Kartik questioned India’s team for dropping Sanju Samson from the playing XI. According to them, it is harsh to leave Samson and Shardul Thakur from the second ODI.
The Men in Blue made two changes in Hamilton on Sunday, November 27. India dropped Sanju Samson and Shardul Thakur from their XI while picking Deepak Hooda and Deepak Chahar.
The changes were made after India lost the opening game by 7 wickets. The lack of 6th bowler impacted the overall performance. Kane Williamson and Tom Latham stitched an unbeaten 221-run stand to keep Shikhar Dhawan and his team at bay.
“Hooda is not a great 6th option. They have Washington Sundar,” Nehra told Prime Video on Sunday. “If you wanted to go with Chahar, it should be in the first game. And now, when Thakur did well, you took him out. Even Sanju Samson shouldn’t have been part of the opening ODI if you needed six bowlers. Hooda should have played, but you dropped Samson after he batted well. For me, Chahar is my sixth bowling option, not Hooda,” said Nehra.
Kartik said it was harsh on Samson to miss out despite having done well. “It is harsh on Sanju Samson. You can’t drop him after one game. He is a good batter.”