Mumbai: Kumar Sangakkara, director of cricket operations for the Rajasthan Royals, defended Sanju Samson’s decision to keep the strike with the last ball of the IPL game against the Punjab Kings. In fact, when Rajasthan Royals needed five points on the last two balls to win, Sanju Samson refused to take a single from Chris Morris on the non-attacking side.
Samson’s decision was eclipsed
Sanju Samson’s decision was overshadowed by the Rajasthan Royals team. There was pressure on the Rajasthan team and from there they had to score 5 points on the last ball to win. In such a situation, if Sanju hit a four then the match would be tied and reach the super finish, but Sanju lost his wicket in an attempt to hit a six and the Rajasthan team lost the match.
A debate broke out on Twitter
After this decision by Sanju Samson, there was a debate on Twitter. Former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar wrote on Twitter: “ It was more likely that Sanju Samson would hit a six and not 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 Samson should have taken just one.
Dale Steyn raised questions
Dale Steyn said: ‘Sanju Samson has the ability to send the ball off the field easily. But Chris Morris on the other end also has the ability to play big shots. Maybe Samson’s decision not to take just one was a mistake. Kumar Sangakkara, director of cricket operations for the Rajasthan Royals team, defended Sanju Samson’s decision to keep the strike with the last ball of the IPL game against the Punjab Kings, saying it was nice to see him take his responsibilities.
Sangakkara said: “ Sanju was confident he would lead the team to victory and he even almost took it. On the last ball he was left five or six yards, otherwise it would have been six. He said: ‘Nice to see Sanju do this. You can talk about missing a race, but what matters to me 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 the victory by hitting ten meters ahead.