India's move to open with Samson in warm-up doesn't pay off

Sanju Samson got a chance at the top of the order but he was lbw for 1

Shoriful Islam trapped Sanju Samson lbw in the warm-up game, Bangladesh vs India, warm-up game, T20 World Cup, New York, June 1, 2024

Shoriful Islam trapped Sanju Samson lbw in the warm-up game  •  ICC via Getty Images

India sprang a surprise at the start of their T20 World Cup warm-up game against Bangladesh in New York, sending Sanju Samson out to open the batting alongside captain Rohit Sharma.
Samson's stay was brief: he was lbw to Shoriful Islam for 1 in the second over of the match.
Rohit, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Virat Kohli are the three regular openers in India's 15-member squad. Kohli wasn't available to play in the warm-up game, having only arrived in New York on the eve of the match. Samson is one of two wicketkeeper-batters in the squad alongside Rishabh Pant.
Pant batted at No. 3, replacing Samson at the crease.
India's opening combination was a topic of debate in the lead-up to the tournament, with Rohit, as captain, expected to take one of the two opening slots.
Kohli, who has spent most of his T20I career as a No. 3 batter, comes into the World Cup on the back of a hugely successful IPL at the top of the order, topping the run charts with 741 at an average of 61.75 and a strike rate of 154.69, and showcasing an improved ability to access the boundary against spin in the middle overs - this had been an area of concern in recent seasons.
Jaiswal, meanwhile, offers India a high-intent, left-hand option with the tactical advantage of preventing oppositions from bowling left-arm spin in the powerplay - a style of bowling both Rohit and Kohli have struggled to score quickly against in the past.
Given that this is a warm-up match where both teams can use their entire squads - with a maximum of 11 allowed to bat and 11 fielding at any given time - not too much can be read into the choice of Samson as opener and Pant at No. 3. It's possible that India may be looking to have a good look at both their keepers before deciding on whom to pick in their tournament-opener against Ireland on June 5.