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‘Show him the exit door and bring in Samson’: Ex-cricketer blows up India star | Cricket

With Virat Kohli regaining his top form and Suryakumar Yadav hitting like a dream, Rohit Sharma-led Team India arrived at the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup as one of the top contenders to lift the trophy. After battling arch-rival Pakistan in the opener of the tournament, India outscored the Netherlands, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to the top of Group 2 at the T20 World Cup.

Eager to end their ICC trophy drought, Rohit-led Team India fell short of expectations in the knockout stages of the T20 World Cup. Kohli-starrer Team India crashed out of the ICC World T20 after an embarrassing defeat to eventual champions England in the second semi-final. Having boarded an under-par 168, India was unable to take even one English wicket as Jos Buttler and Alex Hales played with their bowling.

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Reflecting on India’s performance in the ICC event, former Indian cricketer Reetinder Sodhi called Rishabh Pant’s mediocre run in the shortest form of the game. Pant had a forgetful campaign in Australia as the wicketkeeper batter struggled to record regular appearances for the Men In Blue. Pant scored 6 from 4 balls in the second semi-final between India and England at the Adelaide Oval.

Speak against India news ahead of India’s One Day International (ODI) series opener against New Zealand, Sodhi Sanju supported Samson to replace Pant in the Indian white-ball line-up. “He becomes a liability for Team India. If so, call in Sanju Samson. At the end of the day you have to take that chance because you can’t afford to lose and get out in World Cup or ICC tournaments. When you give too many chances, problems arise. The time has come to give opportunities to new guys,” Sodhi said.

“Only time will tell how many chances and how long he gets. Time passes and he really needs to tighten his shoes. Everything has a limit. You can’t depend on one player for so long. If he doesn’t perform, you have to pointing the exit door,” he added Pant has played 27 ODIs and 66 T20Is for India, while power-hitter Samson has played in just 26 international white-ball matches for the former world champion.


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