India’s wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson drew plenty of flak after another failed outing at the international level. Often held guilty for not being able to mix consistency with talent, Samson was again in the line of fire as he registered a three-ball duck against Sri Lanka in the series-decider in Colombo. Capitalizing with the ball after India won the toss and opted to bat, Sri Lanka ran through the Indian top-order as they lost four wickets inside the powerplay.
India made an ominous start as Dushmantha Chameera had Shikhar Dhawan caught in the slips in the opening over. If India had thoughts of recovery on their mind, Wanindu Hasaranga quashed all of those, striking twice in the fifth over to send back both Ruturaj Gaikwad and Sanju Samson. In between Dhawan’s exit and Hasaranga’s twin strikes was the loss of Devdutt Padikkal, who was trapped lbw by Ramesh Mendis for 9 off 15.
Meanwhile, it was Samson who bore the brunt of the fans as he failed to materialize another chance. Notably, with most of India’s first-choice players in the United Kingdom for the five-Test England series, the Sri Lanka series was billed as a golden chance for Samson, who is yet to cement his spot in the national team.
India’s unending misfortune
Having taken a 1-0 lead in the series through a convincing 38-run victory, things went south for India already as Krunal Pandya tested Covid-19 positive. Subsequently, the BCCI went on to isolate each of Pandya’s close contacts – Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, K Gowtham and Ishan Kishan – to severely tone the side down, as they handed debut caps to Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Chetan Sakariya in the previous game.
In the absence of a long list of players, the Indian team struggled to get a big score on the board on a sluggish track in Colombo, as they set a 133-run target for their opponents. During the chase, India did have a few moments with the ball, however, Sri Lanka managed to eke out a victory eventually to keep themselves alive in the series.
Coming into the decider, the fortunes for the visitors did not change as they lost Navdeep Saini, who had injured his shoulder in the previous fixture, and subsequently handed Sandeep Warrier his debut cap.
Meanwhile, here’s how Twitter reacted after Samson could not click
Can someone tell Samson to retire ?
— Salesman (@salesdiaries) July 29, 2021
people actually rate sanju samson unoooooo
— hr1tec (@3ritec) July 29, 2021
Sanju Samson might have played his last t20 for India…
Needs to go back to domestic cricket and work on spin…
— Shrik 🙂 (@shriktweets) July 29, 2021
Don't trust IPL players anymore , Devdutt , Rituraj , Samson all failed.
— Ashwin (@Ashwin52769818) July 29, 2021
Shikhar Dhawan and Sanju Samson have made easier for selectors for world t20 as they are senior members and playing responsible inning in decider .. just saying @YaariSports @SushantNMehta @manoj_dimri @anujshukla188 @vikrantgupta73 @anilsingh1601 @sports_tak
— Ayushsri.17@ (@17_ayushsri) July 29, 2021
And I think that's the End of Samson. International cricket career https://t.co/dQZDuII4tD
— Vikas Rana (@VikasRa71635307) July 29, 2021
If anyone say sanju samson is a good cricketer.. then please check your eyes with doctor. Given three chance and he spoiled everything.. pls don't select him in 20 member squad also.. @BCCI
— Rajkumar (@Rajkumarjegan) July 29, 2021
This is the end of sanju Samson's T20 career. https://t.co/qU8rweFEFw
— Shailesh Sharma (@MahaPurushh) July 29, 2021
Sanju Samson departs for 0(3) in his last international match
His int'l career-
— చిన్న రామయ్య ⒻⒶⓃ (@likith_09) July 29, 2021
Sanju Samson 🤣 does not know how to play spin😆
— ShatruFun Sinha ⏸️ (@Funsinha) July 29, 2021
Surya kumar yadav, Ishan kishan, Hardik pandya >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Gaikwad, Padikkal, Samson
— Bharghav ☯️ (@Bhar19) July 29, 2021
You are just wasting the opportunities bro… It was a golden opportunity to prove your mettle and cement your place in T20 WC squad…. Now, I think, it will be a …. @IamSanjuSamson
— sajeesh k g (@saji555) July 29, 2021
This is disappointment from Samson and DDP.
Hasaranga flying in his birthday.
— Sijan (@CzanB) July 29, 2021
Sanju Samson career over #INDvSL
— Sailesh (@saileshTheodore) July 29, 2021
Sanju Samson Should not ask more chance. He doesn't Deserve.
— Atul (@MyselfAtulSingh) July 29, 2021
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