The selection committee announced India's squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand on Sunday. The tour will kick start from January 24th with a 5-match T20I series.
The likes of Mohammad Shami and vice-captain Rohit Sharma who were rested for the T20I series against Sri Lanka have returned to the fold, whereas, Sanju Samson has been left-out. Apart from Sanju Samson, all-rounder Hardik Pandya who was in contention to make it to the squad returning from injury is still nursing his back issue which made the selection committee to ignore him.
Sanju Samson was first called into the T20I squad in the home series against Bangladesh. He did not get to play any of the games in that series and was subsequently dropped for the series against West Indies.
However, fortunes turned and he was called back into the side as an injury replacement for Shikhar Dhawan although yet again was eluded for a place in the eleven. He recently made his much-awaited comeback in the third and final
Following his omission from the squad, the Twitterati's raised their voice on the selection of the team,
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, S Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, W Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur
India would be hosting Australia for a 3-match ODI series slated to start from 14th January in Mumbai. Once they are done with this assignment, they would be touring New Zealand for a full-fledged tour which includes 5 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 2 Tests which starts from 24th January.