On Tuesday, Team India survived the fear of a four-run victory over Ireland in a 2-0 series series. Riding on the superb contributions of Deepak Hooda (104) and Sanju Samson (77), the team led by Hardik Pandya scored 225/7 in 20 overs. However, after Umran Malik scored 17 of the final six balls, the Irish side finally ended on 221/5.
Wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson returned to the XI starting the innings with Ishaan Kishan. Samson made a cautious start but accelerated after halftime in the innings as he broke the record of 176 with Deepak Hooda – the highest partnership for India in T20Is. When Samson departed, India scored 186/2 with 22 balls remaining.
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However, former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja had one complaint from Samson’s innings – he failed to convert the knock to a three-digit score. During the post-match performance, Jadeja asked Samson if he was upset that he had not reached a century, to which the young man replied that he would be a target in the future.
After the conversation, Jadeja made a passionate comment about Samson.
“You know, my heart breaks whenever he comes in. So, I want to ask him whether he feels like it or not, because he needs to start feeling that way to get a big score. Every time you walk in, you’re not going to have a good day, but you have a good day. Jadeja said that when you have, you should use it more. Sony.
Samson was not part of the Indian team for the five-match T20I series against South Africa, but made a comeback for the Ireland series. India will now return to the T20I against England on July 7.