Wicketkeeper Sanju Samson made a comeback to Indian team on Friday after four years, against Sri Lanka in the third T20I at Pune. As India won the match by 78 runs, Samson, who walked into bat at No. 3, smashed the first ball for a six before his stay was cut short the very next delivery bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga. Also Read - India vs England 2021: Sanju Samson Clears BCCI's Fitness Test, Available For Selection in LOI's
However, what baffled the fans was his absence from the team picture after the series win. The 25-year-old was nowhere to be seen while the rest of his teammates celebrated India’s win with the trophy. Also Read - IPL 2021: Sanju Samson Appointed Captain After Rajasthan Royals Release Steven Smith
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The reason why Samson wasn’t part of team celebrations was because the wicketkeeper batsman had to join his India A squad, which was supposed to fly to New Zealand for warm-up games. It was confirmed by Mayank Agarwal, who took to Twitter and shared a picture where Samson can be spotted with the players of India A squad. They departed to play three unofficial one-day matches followed two four-day games.
Earlier, in-form KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan smashed half-centuries and impactful cameos from Manish Pandey (31* off 18) and Shardul Thakur (22* off 8) powered India to 201/6 in the third and final Twenty20 International at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on Friday.
Winning the toss for the first time in the series, Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga invited the hosts to bat, a decision that his counterpart Virat Kohli said that they initially wanted as well to throw some challenge to the batting department.
Brief scores: India 201/6 (KL Rahul 54, Shikhar Dhawan 52; Lakshan Sandakan 3/35) beat Sri Lanka 123 all out (Dhananjaya de Silva 57; Navdeep Saini 3/28, Shardul Thakur 2/19, Washington Sundar 2/37) by 78 runs