‘Why is Jos Buttler not keeping?’ was what fans and experts asked when Sanju Samson donned the gloves in RR’s first game versus Punjab. Today, the Rajasthan skipper showed exactly why he’s behind the stumps as he pulled off a ridiculous full-stretched dive to dismiss the dangerous Dhawan.
Captaining an IPL game being a non-regular in the Indian national side can be stressful, tricky and arduous, so you can only imagine the pressure on Sanju Samson’s shoulders, given he is donning the triple role of being the wicket-keeper + the captain + the side’s designated run-getter. With his 119 against Punjab Kings three days ago, Samson showed that the captain’s armband propels him to do better with the bat, and today in Wankhede, the 26-year-old quashed all skepticism about responsibility potentially disrupting his keeping.
Having lost Prithvi Shaw in the second over of the game, and with Delhi just 16/1 after 3 overs on a flat batting wicket, Shikhar Dhawan felt the need to put the pressure back on the bowling side. Batting on 9*(10), the southpaw, who in the first game messed with the bowlers’ heads by moving across the stumps, had made up his mind to scoop Unadkat over fine-leg on the first ball of the fourth over. Dhawan premeditated, moved across his stumps and put bat to ball. On any other day, Dhawan might have added four runs to his tally, but to the southpaw’s utter dismay, Sanju Samson behind the stumps had other ideas.
As the batsman connected the scoop, and as the ball threatened to pierce the gap between the keeper and short fine-leg, Samson channeled his inner superman. The RR skipper took a step towards his right, let out an outstretched dive, and remarkably, somehow, ended up plucking the ball out of thin air. A microsecond after Dhawan had connected the shot, the ball looked like it was going to the boundary for all money, but Samson’s outrageous effort ensured that, instead, Delhi ended up losing both their openers inside 20 balls.
Absolute stunner from Sanju!
Probably could be the best catch of season.
No CG required to join Avengers! :D :D
That's incredible from RR Captain!
A catch to be remembered!🧤
Show this and ask your kids to differentiate b/w Bird or Human!
That was superman stuff from Sanju Samson, catch of tournament contender 😍 #RRvsDC— Atish. (@atishj7) April 15, 2021