Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo Source: Sony Liv)

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 India 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 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


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