In spite of a fine knock in the opening match of the ODI series on Friday in Auckland, Sanju Samson was dropped from the playing XI for the second game. The decision left the fandom fuming on social media as everyone reacted poorly against captain Shikhar Dhawan and head coach VVS Laxman. India made way for Deepak Hooda in his stead. At the end of the second game, which was abandoned due to rain after just 12.5 overs of play, Dhawan told the reason behind dropping Samson.
“We wanted the sixth bowler to come in, so Sanju Samson missed out and Hooda came in. And Chahar was picked because he can swing the ball really well. A few of our guys are resting but this side is still strong, shows the depth of our squad,” he stated.