Sanju Samson has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent times. He has failed to make the most of the opportunities with the bat. But Samson won the hearts of the fans with his spectacular effort during the fifth T20I against New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Meanwhile, India scripted another thrilling win by seven runs to register a clean-sweep over the home side.
Defending 164 runs set by India banking on KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, India were the on the verge of losing their first match of the tour. But Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini rose to brilliance to snatch their fifth win from the jaws of defeat. Bumrah, in particular, was brilliant finishing with spectacular figures of three for 12 from 12 overs. Meanwhile, it was Sanju Samson's effort which charged the entire team after Tim Seifert and Ross Taylor looked to make a merry of India's bowlers.
The incident took place in the eighth over of the New Zealand innings when Ross Taylor was on strike, and stand-in skipper KL Rahul handed Shardul Thakur the ball. The former Kiwi skipper attempted a well-timed pull stroke off Thakur. Most fans and players had anticipated that the ball would certainly cross the boundary rope, but it did not happen.
Sanju Samson, who was standing near the boundary calmly waited for the ball to come. But soon, the Kerela player realized that it would take an exceptional effort to save a few runs for his side. Hence, he took a long leap towards the boundary and grabbed the ball in his hand. The 25-year-old, who was in the air for a moment, displayed a brilliant presence of mind and threw the ball inside the boundary rope before landing on the ground. And, he successfully managed to save four runs for his team.
Watch the video here:
As the video went viral within moments from the incident taking place, many social media users compared him to a superman and a broom-flying wizard. It also resulted in many interesting memes on social media site Twitter.