Watch: Sanju Samson’s Disappointing Performance in Warmup Game Against Bangladesh

Sanju Samson did not perform well for Team India in their T20 World Cup warmup game against Bangladesh at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Saturday, June 1. The wicketkeeper-batsman was out for just one run off six balls.

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Sanju Samson’s Disappointing Performance

 

Samson was dismissed in the second over of India’s innings. Shoriful Islam bowled a swinging delivery that moved sharply towards the middle and leg stumps. Samson, trying to guide the ball down to fine leg, was beaten by the swing and was declared LBW. Unfortunately for Samson, the Decision Review System (DRS) was not available for this warmup match, so he could not challenge the umpire’s decision.

 

Fans’ Reactions

Fans were quick to express their disappointment on social media. Many felt that Samson had wasted a golden opportunity to prove himself. One fan wrote, “Again Sanju Samson wasted his golden chance.” Another pointed out that while Samson often shines in the IPL, he struggles to replicate that success in international matches. The fan noted, “Every IPL is basically 2 months of you wondering why Sanju Samson is not in the Indian team. This feeling goes away the moment he plays the next international match.”

Samson’s IPL Performance

In the 2024 IPL season, Samson had a strong performance, scoring 531 runs in 15 matches with a strike rate of 153.47. He also hit five half-centuries. However, his performance in T20 Internationals (T20Is) has been less impressive. In 25 T20I games, he has scored 374 runs with a strike rate of 158.41, including just one half-century.

 

Samson’s Emotional Reaction to World Cup Selection

Despite his struggles in international cricket, Samson was selected for India’s T20 World Cup squad. He recently spoke about how emotional he felt when he learned he had been selected. In an interview with Star Sports, Samson said, “It was very emotional. It was something I didn’t expect much, to be honest. I knew that I was not very close to being selected.”

Samson explained that he worked very hard during the IPL to earn his spot in the World Cup squad. He decided to focus entirely on his game and even cut off from his phone for a few months to avoid distractions. He added, “I have to completely give myself the best chance to go out there and perform and win games for my team, so that it can help me get into the Indian team for the World Cup. Getting selected to the world’s best T20 team and that also for a World Cup actually deserves something special.”

Looking Ahead

India will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against Ireland on June 5. Fans hope that Samson can put his warmup game disappointment behind him and contribute significantly to the team’s success in the tournament.

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