Sanju Samson had a poor outing with the bat in hand as he managed to score just seven runs.
India lost a thriller of a match in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Wednesday (28 July). With a new-look squad and four debutantes, the Men in Blue could not quite get going in both the batting and bowling departments of the game. It was Lankan Lions all the way and with the win, they have also managed to level the series 1-1.
The match had its fair share of twists, turns, and drama too. While chasing a modest target of 133, Sri Lanka were looking to build a partnership and take the game deep. In the process of limiting the damage, the Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan brought Kuldeep Yadav into the attack in the eighth over of the innings and he immediately made things happen by getting a ball straight to the Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka.
Shanaka missed the sweep and Yadav thought there was a wicket, only to be denied by the umpire. But the home team had a DRS still in place and could have used it. Sanju Samson who was the designated wicketkeeper for the side though didn’t seem confident to use it. Later, the replays on the big screen showed the batter would have been out, had India taken a DRS in the eighth over of the innings.
Sanju Samson criticized for not taking a DRS against Dasun Shanaka
Well, it was still not known as to whose call it was on not taking the DRS against Shanaka, but the blame game and fingers were naturally pointed towards Samson. The 26-year-old had an average outing with the bat too as he managed to score just seven runs. Although he later made amends by pulling off a stumping to dismiss the Lankan skipper, he could have helped Yadav get a wicket earlier by using the DRS in place.
But all is not lost for Samson and India as they still have a game left to be played in the series. India have so far been brilliant in the series with several players stepping up in both the ODIs and T20Is. With the series on the line, India will be hoping to end the tour on a high.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Samson missing out on taking DRS:
Match ka mujrim Sanju Samson
With bat – 7(13) 👎
With gloves – drs howler, missed catch, gave byes 👎👎#SLvsIND
— Honey bee (@BeeBaby_07) July 28, 2021
Samson’s errors cost India
1st balls wasted
1 catch dropped
1 drs call
Sri Lanka Beat India’D’ by 4 wickets #SLvsIND
— Vipul Madkaikar (@vipul_madkaikar) July 28, 2021
Sanju Samson can do nothing kick him out of the team. He can’t bat, he can’t keep, he can’t check take right calls while DRS. Wost player for India.
— Deep Naik (@DeepNai06079937) July 28, 2021
❌Can’t judge lbw DRS #SLvIND https://t.co/RmKwJ8vD3I
— ♑ #RP17 (@PeterParker7194) July 28, 2021
Why Samson try to be like MSD in DRS … we had a chance of another wicket 😔😔#INDvsSL #BCCI
— Sujeet Kumar (@AMIESujeet) July 28, 2021
Someone please tell dhawan,drs can’t be carry forward and as usual samson was pathetic as behind and in front of wicket.
— abhishek bhardwaj (@abhisheksviews) July 29, 2021
Sanju Samson failed in all departments.
*Missed to assist DRS for a plumb.
*Don’t even talk about batting.
*Missed collecting balls properly and leaked runs
*Dropped a catch, tough one though
…..and people complaining why isn’t he getting opportunities. 🤦#INDvsSL #SLvsIND
— That Guy (@ListenThatGuy) July 28, 2021
Who says Sanju Samson is inconsistent? He is the most consistent in throwing away all the opportunities given to him in international circuit.
Guy can’t bat according to situation, can’t keep, can’t give good DRS suggestions. In a nutshell he is just Umar Akmal with a fan base.
— Ayaan (@AyanMusk) July 28, 2021
Surely Sanju Samson is no way ready for international cricket. Not reliable with bat…fumbles in crunch situation with gloves and poor with DRS assistance as well … #SLvIND
— shah_jinesh86 (@ShahJiny) July 28, 2021
Sanju Samson has disappointed with the bat, his keeping and Ability to judge DRS is poor.
— Abhimanyu Vashisht (@JohhnyyBrravo) July 28, 2021
Samson’s contribution in this tour so far has been dropped catches , byes , failure to take DRS at right time and some unimpressive batting performances. #INDvSL
— Ashu (@ashu048) July 28, 2021