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Sanju Samson’s Golden Duck Sparks Criticism: Netizens React To Missed Opportunity
By CricShots - Jan 17, 2024 8:11 pm
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In the highly anticipated third T20I between India and Afghanistan at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, fans on X expressed disappointment as Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson fell victim to a golden duck. The contest, although a dead rubber with India already winning the series, carried significance for individuals aiming to solidify their positions in the team.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson

Opting to bat first, India faced early setbacks, losing Yashasvi Jaiswal and Virat Kohli in quick succession. With the team under pressure, the spotlight turned to Sanju Samson, who had the chance to showcase his abilities and strengthen his case for a consistent spot in the T20I lineup.

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Unfortunately for Samson, his innings didn’t go as planned, as he succumbed to a golden duck on the third ball faced against Fareed Ahmad. The Afghan pacer delivered a short ball outside off, prompting Samson to attempt a pull shot that resulted in a top edge. Mohammad Nabi made a simple catch, leaving the crowd silent and marking Fareed Ahmad’s third wicket.

The early loss of Sanju Samson left India struggling at 22/4 within the initial five overs, a challenging situation on what is typically considered a batting-friendly pitch in Bengaluru. Criticism surfaced on X, with fans expressing their discontent over Samson’s missed opportunity, especially considering the competition for the wicketkeeper’s position leading up to the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

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Despite calls for Samson to receive more chances, his inability to capitalize on this opportunity raises questions about his future in T20Is and whether he can secure a spot in the squad for the upcoming mega event. As the reactions poured in on X, it remains to be seen how the team management will assess Samson’s performance in the broader context of team selection and composition.