VVS Laxman, the stand-in head coach for the New Zealand tour, has to face the backlash of the crazy Indian cricket fans for not giving opportunities to Sanju Samson.
Christchurch: The axe has fallen on the Indian cricket team following their lacklustre performance in the T20 World Cup semifinal against England, which they lost by 10 wickets. Coach Rahul Dravid, along with several other players, was given rest in the ongoing New Zealand series.
VVS Laxman, the stand-in head coach for the New Zealand tour, has to face the backlash of the crazy Indian cricket fans for not giving opportunities to Sanju Samson. He was warming the bench in the T20 series. But former spinner Murali Kartik came to Laxman’s rescue and defended his action.
The series’ captain, Hardik Pandaya, made it clear that he was not picked in the shortest format of the game due to “strategic reasons.” However, Samson was included in the first ODI played on Friday in Auckland, and he scored 36 runs and was responsible for a 96-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer.
“But as Ashish Nehra said, if you are picking him as a batter from the get-go and then getting him to bowl, that’s a different thing. But for him to come in now and then and leave the others out… Shardul Thakur has been among the wickets. It’s a tough ask. I know VVS Laxman has got a lot on his plate, he is a fair man.
The final One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand will be played on Wednesday in Christchurch. The hosts have been leading in the series by 1-0; the second match was abandoned due to rain and bad weather.