In the last two years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has found itself amidst a storm of criticism following the exclusion of the talented Sanju Samson from the Indian team in both the T20 World Cup 2022 and the ODI World Cup 2023. A figure with an ardent fanbase, Sanju Samson’s omission raised eyebrows and sparked debates across the cricketing world. However, recent developments indicate a shift in the narrative as Samson secures a spot in the ODI squad for the upcoming South Africa tour.
In a Vijay Hazare Trophy match that pitted Kerala against Maharashtra, the spotlight shone on Sanju Samson, the wicketkeeper, and captain of the Kerala team. A defining moment unfolded when Samson took a spectacular catch behind the stumps to dismiss Kedar Jadhav, the captain of Maharashtra. The significance of this catch goes beyond the immediate impact on the match; it underscores Samson’s class as a wicketkeeper and his ability to turn the tide in crucial situations.
The match was delicately poised as Maharashtra seemed well-positioned to chase down a formidable target of 384. However, in the 23rd over, the course of the game took a decisive turn. Kedar Jadhav, having scored an impressive 153 runs, faced a challenging delivery from Basil Thampi. The ball, an outswinger aimed at the stump line, lured Jadhav into taking a shot. What followed was a moment of sheer brilliance as Samson, positioned behind the stumps, reacted swiftly to a wide ball that had taken a hefty edge.
Watch: Sanju Samson Takes A Stunning Catch To Dismiss Kedar Jadhav In Vijay Hazare Trophy
The execution of the catch was nothing short of acrobatic. Samson, diving sharply to his right, exhibited remarkable agility and coordination. With a single hand, he not only intercepted the ball mid-air but did so with finesse. This catch not only sent Jadhav back to the pavilion but also gave Kerala the crucial advantage in the pre-quarterfinal match.
With Kedar Jadhav’s dismissal, Maharashtra found itself under increasing pressure. Samson’s Kerala capitalized on this opportunity, tightening the screws on the opposition. The early breakthrough created a ripple effect, disrupting Maharashtra’s chase and eventually leading to their defeat. Samson’s leadership and exceptional wicketkeeping skills played a pivotal role in Kerala’s triumph, propelling them into the quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Sanju Samson one handed Stunner to send back Kedhar Jadhav pic.twitter.com/wDpfYVeQ0H
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