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Cricket fraternity divided over Sanju Samson’s refusal to take single off the penultimate ball against Punjab Kings

Chasing an improbable 222, RR needed 13 runs off the final over bowled by Arshdeep Singh.

Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson’s decision to refuse a single off the penultimate delivery against Punjab Kings has sparked a debate on social media. Chasing an improbable 222, RR needed 13 runs off the final over bowled by Arshdeep Singh.

Samson could not score on the first ball before taking a single on the second. On the third ball, Chris Morris took another single before Samson hit a six to bring down the equation to 5 from the last two balls. But on the fifth ball of the over, he surprisingly decided against taking a single after hitting the ball towards deep extra-cover.

At first, Samson decided to go for the single but eventually changed his mind and sent Morris back to the non-striker’s end. The all-rounder was not at all impressed with Samson’s call and his reaction said it all. The decision to not take a single, however, backfired as the RR skipper could not hit a boundary on the final ball. He could only miscue the shot to Deepak Hooda at wide long-off.

The catch also ended Samson’s brilliant knock of 119 off just 63 balls. But more than his century, his decision to not take a single has become a talking point. While he has been receiving praise for his brilliant century, his decision of not taking the single is drawing mixed reactions.

Here are some of the reactions to Sanju Samson’s refusal for the single:

 

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