Mumbai: Kumar Sangakkara, director of cricket operations of Rajasthan Royals team, has defended Sanju Samson’s decision to retain the strike with the last ball in the IPL match against Punjab Kings. In fact, when Rajasthan Royals needed five runs off the last two balls to win, Sanju Samson refused to take a single to Chris Morris at the non-striker end.
Samson’s decision was overshadowed
Sanju Samson’s decision was overshadowed by the Rajasthan Royals team. There was pressure on the Rajasthan team and from here they had to score 5 runs on the last ball to win. In such a situation, if Sanju hit a four, then the match would be tied and reached the super over, but Sanju lost his wicket in an attempt to hit a six and the Rajasthan team lost the match.
Sprinkled on Twitter debate
After this move by Sanju Samson, there has been a debate on Twitter. Former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar wrote on Twitter, ‘It was more likely that Sanju Samson would hit a six and not that the new batsman Chris Morris would hit a four. Samson’s decision to keep the strike with himself on the last ball was right. At the same time, veteran South African bowler Dale Steyn believed that Samson should have taken a single.
Dale Steyn raised questions
Dale Steyn said, ‘Sanju Samson has the ability to send the ball out of the field easily. But Chris Morris at the other end also has the ability to play big shots. Perhaps Samson’s decision not to take a single was wrong. ‘ Kumar Sangakkara, director of cricket operations of the Rajasthan Royals team, defended Sanju Samson’s decision to retain the strike with the last ball in the IPL match against the Punjab Kings, saying that it was nice to see him take responsibility.
Sangakkara said, ‘Sanju was confident that he would lead the team to victory and he even took it almost. On the last ball, he was left behind by five or six yards or else he would have been six. He said, ‘Nice to see Sanju doing this. You can talk of missing out on a run, but for me the important thing is the confidence and commitment of the player himself. Sanju claimed responsibility for finishing the match but missed a few yards. Next time, he will give us victory by hitting ten yards ahead.