Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was disappointed with the way Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper, Sanju Samson, got out in their game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Qualifier 2 on Friday.

In the run chase of 158, RR was motoring along with Jos Buttler going guns blazing, and with the required run rate down to less than run-a-ball, Samson could have stuck around but he went for glory and fell to his nemesis, Wanindu Hasaranga.

The dismissal didn’t sit well with Tendulkar, who believed that Samson had to stay till the end and see the game through.

RR vs RCB: Sanju Samson Could Have Avoided That Stroke And Finished Earlier - Sachin Tendulkar
RR vs RCB: Sanju Samson Could Have Avoided That Stroke And Finished Earlier - Sachin Tendulkar
Sanju Samson

Sanju ended up playing a couple of really good shots. But the way he got out to Hasaranga, if I am not mistaken for the sixth time, it was an unnecessary shot. He could have avoided that stroke and the game could have finished even earlier,” Tendulkar said on his YouTube channel.

“The game was more or less decided there” – Sachin Tendulkar on the powerplay

Since 157 was a below-par score, RCB needed to start off well with the ball. However, Mohammed Siraj was taken to the cleaners by the opening duo of RR and they got off to a flier, virtually finishing off the game in the powerplay.

Primarily due to Buttler, RR had crossed 50 in 4.3 overs. The game was more or less decided there unless Bangalore came back and picked 2-3 wickets in succession.

RR vs RCB: Sanju Samson Could Have Avoided That Stroke And Finished Earlier - Sachin Tendulkar

They could have then built pressure by bringing the field in. Hasaranga always claims wickets, so that was a possibility. But Buttler just did not let that happen,” Tendulkar went on to add.

RR now moves on to the final for a rematch against newcomers, Gujarat Titans (GT) for a chance to claim their second IPL title.

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