"He has disappointed"- Sunil Gavaskar blasts Sanju Samson for throwing away his wicket; then drops a catch
The first T20I between India and Sri Lanka ended with a thrilling finish at the Wankhede Stadium. The visitors came so close to the target, but in the end they fell short by just two runs. India won the game and has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The Indian pacers did a pretty good job and bowled Sri Lanka out for 160 runs. But there were a few concerns in the first game, especially the top-order batting that suffered against the Sri Lankan spinners.
Batting first, India lost their half of the team for 94 runs in 14.1 overs. The top five wickets included that of Sanju Samson, who got out to a poor shot selection. It looked like it wasn't his day at all, as he also dropped a catch and had some fielding errors.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar wasn't impressed with Samson and said that the Kerala-born batter has always let go of the opportunities he has had in his career. The 28-year-old got out after scoring 5 off 6 balls after his catch was dropped two balls ago.
Gavaskar said on air that Samson has disappointed once again, and that has always been the case throughout his career: whenever he gets a chance, he has not done justice with it.
He said, "He is such a fine player. Sanju Samson has so much of talent but his shot selection sometimes lets him down. And this is one more occasion where it has disappointed."
Meanwhile, India had a brilliant partnership for the sixth wicket between Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel, which took India to a respective total of 162/5 in the first innings. Axar scored 31 off 20 with three fours and one six, while Hooda was unbeaten at 41 off 23 with one four and four sixes.
In the second inning, debutant Shivam Mavi registered the third best bowling figure by an Indian on debut. He took 4/22 in his four overs, and Umran Malik and Harshal Patel took two wickets each. Both teams will not lock horns in the second game on Thursday at the MCA Stadium.