For the umpteenth time, Kerala and Rajasthan Royals swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson has disappointed with the bat at the international level as he managed a painstaking 13-ball 7 in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
With India boasting of just five specialist batters, the onus was on Sanju Samson to step up to the occasion and showcase his talent to the hilt.
However, it was once again a case of him squandering yet another opportunity as the Kerala cricketer looked all at sea against the Sri Lankan spinners.
On a pitch that is aiding spinners to the hilt, the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya had Samson on toast and he was eventually dismissed by the latter.
It all happened on the fourth delivery of the 17th over when Akila Dananjaya, sensing Sanju Samson’s charge towards him, proceeded to shorten his length significantly.
Samson tried to cover the line but the ball proceeded to hit his front pad and sneak past him to dislodge his stump.
This was Samson’s ninth T20I innings for India and his scores read- 19,6,8,2,23,15,10,27,7.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to yet another failure by Sanju Samson-
Sanju Samson's T20I career so far:
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) July 28, 2021
Hopefully, this is the last time we see Samson in Indian colors. Doesn't belong to this level.
— Yash 🇮🇳 (@im_yash2307) July 28, 2021
Samson can run coaching classes on how to throw away golden opportunities. One more game tomorrow, else see you later.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) July 28, 2021
Samson looked absolutely clueless the six balls he faced from Hasaranga. Was so worried about the googly, and Hasaranga very smartly bowled him only leg-breaks and conceded just two singles from six deliveries. #SLvIND https://t.co/GhrTQR2iPH
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 28, 2021
— Adish 🏏 (@36__NotAllOut) July 28, 2021
Samson woke up feeling dangerous
50 SR 🤢🤢
Wasted 12 balls 😧😧
No aesthetic sixes 😔😔
0 boundaries 👿👿
Tweeted , twice 😀😀😀
Better than Ajay Ratra???
— Ram (@Edgbaston149_) July 28, 2021
Sanju Samson without Racism RR by Mallus is worse than Gurkeeerat Mann
— Rahul (@Ittzz_Rahul) July 28, 2021
Devdutt Padikkal has overtaken Samson's highest score in t20 internationals in his debut game and is 5 years younger… but I won't mention it. pic.twitter.com/j9ju9ktnyd
— Suddszzz (@deepcuv) July 28, 2021
Samson never fails to play inconsistently 😪#IndvsSL
— kashish Gandhi (@kashishgandhi) July 28, 2021
Samson you should hung ur boots buddy. Just play in IPL, International cricket is not meant for everyone.#SLvIND
— legendrock31 (@Munnaaaaahhhhh) July 28, 2021
Samson wuth a piss poor innings
— Starlord (@Star3600) July 28, 2021
Someone needs to tell Sanju Samson that we are playing in UAE.
— Mon (@4sacinom) July 28, 2021
Rename fraud to samson.
— shakti (@weirdly_myselff) July 28, 2021
Pant used to get hate from media , chants from crowd for not performing at the age of 21/22 and then there is this mallu samson getting sympathy just because he is a skipper of an IPL team ?
— akshat (@ReignOfVirat) July 28, 2021
Bhuvi playing the kind of knock we wanted from Samson#INDvSL
— 🔥Ashwin🔥 (@ak_sr10) July 28, 2021
Bhuvi played better than Samson. #SLvIND
— Aadesh (@aadeshkolte) July 28, 2021