Sanju Samson finally got a chance to showcase his mettle and he was included in the playing XI in the 4th T20I against New Zealand. However, he failed to make his presence count on the pitch as he got out for a cheap score by playing a rash shot.
Sanju Samson was sent to open the innings in Rohit Sharma’s absence but he failed to deliver the much-needed amends and was dismissed cheaply on 8 runs. The team management picked Sanju Samson again in the fifth and final T20I but once again was dismissed early scoring just 2 runs.
Samson might have failed to impress everyone with the bat but he was brilliant on the field for India. He pulled off a sensational fielding effort to save a certain six in the fifth T20I at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. India got the better of Kiwis by 7 runs in the game to register a 5-0 whitewash over the hosts in the five-match series.
Samson was simply brilliant on the field during New Zealand’s 164-run chase and made an outstanding effort to save a boundary. It was on the last ball of the 8th over during New Zealand’s chase, Ross Taylor played a pull shot against Shardul Thakur and the ball was travelling towards the short mid-wicket region where Samson was stationed.
Samson kept his eye on the ball till the last minute and made a jump at the last moment after realising that the ball would fly over him. He then timed his jump to perfection to grab hold of the ball and then released it while in the air to save a boundary for India.