India registered a close win against New Zealand in the fifth T20I by a margin of seven runs. One interesting thing to watch was that the Men in Blue rested their regular skipper Virat Kohli and the charge was given to Rohit Sharma. In the final game of the series, all the eyes were on Sanju Samson to exhibit his potential.
The 25-year-old, who got another chance to prove his worth in the team, failed in the same as he departed after scoring two runs. However, his fielding effort in the match left everyone in awe and he also received praise from the fans on social media.
Sanju Samson, the right-handed opener was warming the bench since a long period of time. But after Team India won the third T20I against the hosts, Virat Kohli stated that they will like to give chances to the other players for the remaining two T20Is. And, the fans were really happy to watch that Sanju Samson was finally included in the team for the 4th T20I.
The right-hander was asked to open the innings with KL Rahul in the 4th T20I but he failed to utilize the opportunity as he got out after scoring just eight runs. Things did not change much for Samson in the fifth and final T20I as he was again dismissed cheaply in the second over. However, he compensated it with his brilliant fielding in the same game.
The crowd witnessed flying Sanju Samson in 5th T20I
The incident happened in the eighth over of the second innings when Ross Taylor was on the strike and Shardul Thakur was handed the ball. The senior Kiwi batsman attempted a well-timed pull stroke off Thakur. Most fans and players had anticipated that the ball will certainly cross the rope but that did not happen.
Samson, who was standing near the ropes calmly waited for the ball to come. But soon, the young player realized that it will take an exceptional effort to save some runs for his side. Hence, he took a long leap towards the boundary and grabbed the ball in his hand.
The 25-year-old, who was in the air for a moment, displayed brilliant presence of mind and threw the ball inside the boundary rope before landing on the ground. And, Samson successfully managed to save four important runs for his team. Those four saved runs could have played an important role in the outcome of the match as the hosts lost the game by a narrow margin of seven runs.
Jasprit Bumrah was awarded Man of the Match for registering amazing bowling figures of 3/12 and KL Rahul was adjudged Man of the series for his brilliant batting throughout the series.
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