Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar was disappointed with the shot selection of Sanju Samson in the opening game of the 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. Samson only managed to score five runs off six deliveries and he was dismissed in the 7th over after his bat caught the leading edge off a delivery by Sri Lanka off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva. Incidentally, the dismissal came after Samson got a lucky escape in the very over at deep mid-wicket.
While commentating for the hist broadcaster, Sunil Gavaskar said, “And this time, it’s the leading edge going to short third man. He is such a fine player. Sanju Samson has so much talent but his shot selection sometimes lets him down. And this is one more occasion where it has disappointed.”
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir, meanwhile, wants Samson to capitalize on his opportunities. He explained, “We all talk about how much talent he has but he needs to capitalize on these chances.”
In their first assignment of 2023, the Indian team recorded a narrow two-run win in the first T20I against Sri Lanka on Tuesday (January 3). The Hardik Pandya-led team managed to reach a respectable total of 162/5 with Deepak Hooda smashing 41* off 23 balls. But the situation could have been worse for Team India if Hooda didn’t come up to their rescue.
Indian bowlers managed to defend the total with debutant Shivam Mavi taking four wickets while his teammates Umran Malik and Harshal Patel picked two each. But it was not a convincing win for Team India as they had to wait till the last ball as Indian spinners struggled for the wickets.