India captain Virat Kohli was taken by surprise after wicketkeeper Sanju Samson hit a six off the very first ball in his comeback match on Friday against Sri Lanka during the ongoing third T20I. It was an audacious shot from the 25-year-old.
It was a flighted delivery from Lakshan Sandakan to which Samson planted his foot forward and lofted it over long-off. For a moment it seemed like a mishit but it kept sailing over the fielder. Kohli, who was in the dugout, could not hold back but applaud the audacity of Samson.
Here is the shot played by Samson in the 11th over:
Unfortunately, Samson was dismissed off the very next ball. He was leg-before wicket. He was out to Wanindu Hasaranga’s googly. Samson had to wait for four years to play his second T20I after he made his debut against Zimbabwe in 2015.
Samson also achieved a feat of missing most games between two appearances for India, he has missed 73. It would be interesting to see where he comes in to bat.
Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field first.
At the time of filing the copy, India was 136 for four in the 15th over with Kohli and Manish Pandey new at the crease.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera(w), Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga(c), Lahiru Kumara
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson(w), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini