Sanju Samson made a glorious comeback to international cricket. Playing his first international match after almost five years, Samson hit the first ball he faced for a six over long-off. Everyone in the stands was dumbfounded, including Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper came up with a priceless reaction and lauded Samson for his first-ball six.
Although, Samson couldn’t convert his bright start into a big one as he was trapped in front of the stumps on the very next ball he face. Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga bowled a googly to trap him and Samson had no answer to his delivery.
At first, it looked like Samson had nicked it but replays showed that the had ball missed the bat. But Samson did enough to hog the limelight in his two-ball stay. Here is how Kohli reacted to Samson’s six –
With his comeback, Samson also created a record of missing most matches for India between two T20Is. The 25-year-old missed 73 T20Is between his two appearances.
He was dropped following the tour of ZImbabwe in 2015. Samson was in the scheme of things but his inconsistent run in domestic cricket meant he also lost his place in India A team. He did make a comeback in India A side in 2018 but was dropped for failing the yo-yo test.
Samson hit the purple patch in the ongoing season and scored a double-century in the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Kerala to earn a recall into the national team. He did not get a chance during Bangladesh T20Is before being dropped for the West Indies series.
A thigh injury to Shikhar Dhawan saw Samson make his comeback for West indies T20Is but he did not get a chance in that series as well. After sitting out of the playing XI for the first two T20Is against Sri Lanka, he was included in the playing XI for the final T20I but is unlikely to be the first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman against New Zealand.
Samson, along with other players, is confirmed to keep his spot in the T20I squad for the series against New Zealand.