He may not be a part of India’s squad for the upcoming South Africa Twenty20 Internationals and next month’s World T20, but Sanju Samson remains a huge crowd puller in Kerala – the state in which India kick-start their final 20-over assignment before heading to Australia. The home series against South Africa begins September 28 and will feature three T20Is and three ODIs, with the opener being at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.
As the Indian contingent landed in Kerala on Monday, fans went crazy to catch a glimpse of their favourite players, though Samson was the name on everyone’s lips. Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal tagged the wicketkeeper-batter in their Instagram stories as they shared pictures of fans giving the team a rousing welcome.
Everyone loves Sanju Samson a lot. pic.twitter.com/3BTNuS4Keq
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 26, 2022
Take a look at the fans chanting ‘Sanju Sanju’ when team India lands in Kerela:
— Jesvin George (@JesvinGeorgeK) September 26, 2022
Samson missed the T20 World Cup ticket, leading to a furore on social media. He was a part of the national team since this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) but played just three T20Is to date. He didn’t feature in any of the five T20Is against South Africa in June, and only played in one match of the two T20Is in Ireland.