T20 World Cup 2024: Sanju Samson’s delayed exit develops ‘personal’ drama

Sanju Samson

The Indian national cricket team has left for New York for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024, which will begin on June 1 in the US and the Caribbean. The first group of Indian players left for the US on Saturday night, while the second group will reportedly leave on Monday, May 27.

Team India captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant along with support staff left Mumbai on Saturday 25 May to Dubai. . Then they will take the flight to New York.

Sanju Samson to join Indian team late in New York

India’s batting star Virat Kohli is said to have taken a short break before leaving for the US for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, where the Men in Blue will begin their campaign against Ireland on 5 June at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. In New York.

Apart from Kohli, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and Hardik Pandya will join the Indian cricket team late in New York for the upcoming 20-team ICC mega event. Samson recently led Rajasthan Royals (RR) to the IPL 2024 playoffs where they lost the last spot to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) after suffering a 36-run defeat in Qualifier 2 in Chennai.

According to the Indian Express, Samson informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he has a personal job in Dubai, which is why he could not join the first group of Indian players for the trip to New York. The BCCI accepted Samson’s request to delay departure for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 due to “personal work in Dubai”.

Virat Kohli likely to miss India’s T20 World Cup warm-up match against Bangladesh

However, it is not clear whether Samson will leave for the United States with the second batch of Indian players. Notably, Samson was in great form with the bat in IPL 2024, where he amassed 531 runs in 16 matches for RR. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya has been training for a few days in London and will later join the Men in Blue in the US directly from there.

On the other hand, Virat Kohli will miss India’s only warm-up match against Bangladesh on June 1 as he took a mini break from the game after helping Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) qualify for the IPL 2024 playoffs. .Kohli was in excellent form with the bat in IPL 2024, amassing 741 runs in 15 matches at an average of 61.75.

According to a BCCI official, Kohli informed the BCCI that he would be joining the Indian team in the United States. He is likely to travel to New York in the early hours of May 30. A BCCI official told The Indian Express: “Kohli had informed us well in advance that he would join the team late and that is why the BCCI has retained his visa. Appointment for a later date. He is expected to fly to New York early in the morning of May 30. The BCCI has accepted his request.”