Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (Credits: Twitter)

Having taken an unassailable lead in the three-match series, India made as many as three changes to the playing eleven that beat Sri Lanka in the second T20I. Sanju Samson highlighted the inclusions while the other two players who got the chance for the ongoing third game in Pune are Manish Pandey and Yuzvendra Chahal.

India made light work of Sri Lanka in the second game. Virat Kohli’s decision to bat first turned out to be spot on as the bowlers came up with a fine show. Led by young pacers Shardul Thakur (3 for 23) and Navdeep Saini (2 for 18), the hosts restricted Sri Lanka to a below par total of 142 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs. In reply, India chased down the total with utmost ease.

Openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan set the platform for the easy chase by adding 71 runs in 9 overs for the first wicket. Both of them departed in quick succession but Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer made sure India do not stutter in their chase. The skipper scored a quick-fire 30 off 17 balls to take his side over the finishing line.

Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer
Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer (Credits: Twitter)

Twitter delighted for Sanju Samson:

The fans, nonetheless, were delighted for Sanju Samson who finally got a chance in the team. He had earned a recall from the national team after a long gap of four years during the Bangladesh T20Is in November. However, he did not play a single game and was surprisingly dropped for the series against West Indies.

But an injury to Shikhar Dhawan led to another recall although he did not play any game against West Indies either. He managed to retain his spot for the ongoing series too but was not named in the playing game for the first two games. But on Saturday, India finally gave him a chance to show his potential on the field.

And while only time will tell how Samson performs, the fans were delighted to see him in the playing eleven. Here are some reactions:


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