Rahul Dravid opens up on Sanju Samson’s dismal show in Sri Lanka T20Is

Rahul Dravid, Team India’s head coach for the Sri Lanka tour, felt that wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson would be disappointed with his performance in the recently-concluded T20I series against the hosts. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side lost the three-match series 1-2 after an embarrassing defeat in the third and final T20I at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. It…

Rahul Dravid opens up on Sanju Samson’s dismal show in Sri Lanka T20Is

Rahul Dravid, Team India’s head coach for the Sri Lanka tour, felt that wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson would be disappointed with his performance in the recently-concluded T20I series against the hosts.

The Shikhar Dhawan-led side lost the three-match series 1-2 after an embarrassing defeat in the third and final T20I at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. It was Sri Lanka’s first bilateral series win against India in the history of T20 cricket.

Samson played just one game in the victorious ODI series where he managed to score 46 runs, but in three T20Is, the right-hander could add only 34 runs – 27, 7 and 0.

Speaking about the same, Dravid said: “I think, to be honest, not the easiest of the conditions to bat in for Sanju as well. Obviously, in the one ODI game, he got a chance in, he got off to a good start and he scored 46.”

“But in the T20Is, probably, batting well in the first one, the wickets in the last two T20Is have been challenging. But yeah, I guess he will look back at this series and be a little disappointed. Having said that, not only Sanju, we need to be patient with these talented kids,” Dravid told ANI during a virtual post-match press conference.

Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, with his career-best figure of 4/9, helped Sri Lanka restrict India to a paltry 81-8 in their stipulated overs. Coach Dravid admitted that it was a poor batting display from the Men in Blue.

“To be honest, we did not bat really well and Wanindu Hasaranga upfront was exceptional, he has been exceptional right through the series, we just lost too many wickets and 81 was never going to be good enough. Sometimes in challenging conditions, you need to fight your way and make it to 130-140. I think that has been great learning for our young players,” the Karnataka stalwart added.

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Twitter reactions: Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez star in Pakistan’s thrilling win over West Indies in 2nd T20I

Pakistan defeated West Indies in the second T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday. Put to bat first, Pakistan posted 157/8 on the board in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to skipper Babar Azam, who scored a remarkable half-century in the game. The right-handed batsman…

Twitter reactions: Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez star in Pakistan’s thrilling win over West Indies in 2nd T20I

Pakistan defeated West Indies in the second T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday.

Put to bat first, Pakistan posted 157/8 on the board in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to skipper Babar Azam, who scored a remarkable half-century in the game. The right-handed batsman hit 51 off 40, with the help of 4 fours and two sixes.

Babar was well supported by wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan. The 29-year-old contributed with 46 off 36 balls – two fours and as many maximums.

For the hosts, all-rounder Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers, taking a four-wicket haul for 26 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Apart from Holder, Dwayne Bravo bagged a couple of scalps for 24 runs.

In reply, West Indies could only manage to reach 150/4, losing the contest by seven runs. Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez shined with the bowl and inspired the touring party to defend the total.

Hafeez conceded only six runs in his 4 overs, along with a maiden. He also picked up the prized wicket of Windies opener Andre Fletcher on the second ball of West Indies’ innings.

Nicholas Pooran was the sole warrior during the home team’s chase. He made unbeaten 62 runs from 33 deliveries, but failed to take his team over the finish line.

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