In the T20 World Cup 2024, the Indian team continued to sideline Sanju Samson while persisting with Shivam Dube who has been struggling in the middle order. Samson once again did not find a place in the Playing XI during India’s Super 8 match against Bangladesh on Saturday, June 22 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Dube, who has only managed 44 runs from four innings in the tournament with an average of 22 and a strike rate of 22 has not been in good form. His highest score of 31* (off 35 balls) came against the USA, where he partnered in an important unbeaten 72-run stand to help India chase down a target of 111 at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

However, Dube followed up with a score of just 10 (off 7 balls) against Afghanistan, contributing to growing fan opinion that Samson should replace him. Samson had earned his maiden selection for the T20 World Cup based on his exceptional performance in the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

Contrasting Fortunes: IPL Brilliance vs T20I Challenges

Samson emerged as a standout performer for Rajasthan in the IPL 2024, amassing 531 runs across 15 innings with an impressive average of 48.27 and a striking strike rate of 153.46, contributing significantly to their campaign culminating in the Qualifier 2. Despite his domestic success, his T20I career has been underwhelming, accumulating just 374 runs from 22 innings at an average of 18.70 and a strike rate of 133.09, with a solitary fifty.

In contrast Shivam Dube, known for his middle-order prowess, showcased his form with 396 runs at an average of 36 and a strike rate of 162.69 in the IPL 2024. However, his transition to the international stage has been challenging, failing to meet expectations set for his role in dismantling spin attacks during the World Cup campaign.

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