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“Touched the boundary line twice”, Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sanju’s controversial dismissal

Former India opener Navjot Singh Sidhu slams the third umpire’s decision over Sanju Samson’s controversial dismissal in the DC vs RR clash on Tuesday.

The incident occurred during the 16th over of the second inning which Mukesh Kumar bowled. In the fourth delivery of the over, Samson hits the ball with the motive of clearing the boundary rope but Shai Hope made a tight catch at the long-on.

The fielder seemed to have a close call with the boundary rope but later in the review, the third umpire was convinced with enough evidence and revealed his decision in the favour of Delhi Capitals.

However, Sanju Samson was not satisfied with the decision and had an argument with the onfield umpire before leaving the field.

Following the decision, social media erupted with mixed reviews as some brought evidence in support of Sanju Samson while some stood with the decision of the third umpire.

Navjot Singh Sidhu is one among the many to come in support of Sanju Samson. Navjot claimed that Shai Hope stumbled upon the boundary rope a couple of times while attempting to catch the ball.

“The game changed at the dismissal of Sanju Samson. If we look at the replays side-on the foot touches the boundary twice and it’s very clear. Either you don’t use technology, but if you are using it, and if the technology errs, it’s just like doodh mein makkhi padi hui hai aur koi aapko kahe piyo. Nahi pi sakte ho aap.”

“It touched the boundary line twice. And after this, if someone says that it’s out… see, I’m a neutral person, so I’ve seen it, it’s not out. That’s why I also kept saying it about Kohli (on his dismissal against KKR, which triggered controversy over potential no-ball).

“Whatever may be the rule, you can see it from the naked eye; some evidence is very strong not to believe. It’s like finding a trout in a glass of milk. The umpire didn’t do it on purpose, no one is at fault. It’s part of the game. That changed the game,” he added.

Notably, Sanju Samson was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during the game.

Speaking on the match, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bowl where Jake Fraser-McGurk and Abishek Porel opened the inning for Delhi Capitals.

The duo made a 60 runs stand for the first wicket and made a decent opening for Delhi Capitals. With Abishek Porel’s 36 balls 65, Delhi’s score moves to a better position.

Tristan Stubbs scored a quick-fire 41 off 20 deliveries and led Delhi to score 221 runs for 8 wickets at the end of 20 overs.

On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals made a struggling start as they lost their first wicket for just 4 runs. Yashasvi Jaiswal who was included in India’s T20 World Cup 2024 squad scored just 4 runs and was dismissed in the second delivery of the inning.

Following the wicket, Sanju Samson and Buttler made an impressive stand and scored 63 runs for the second wicket. Axar Patel broke the partnership by dismissing Buttler for 19 runs.

Though RR’s middle order failed to make an impact on the scoreboard, their skipper threatened the opponents with his powerful strikes. But Mukesh Kumar dismissed the well-settled Sanju Samson for 86 runs and changed the game flow.

At the end of 20 overs, Rajasthan Royals managed to score 201 runs for 8 wickets loss and lost the game by 20 runs. Kuldeep Yadav who bagged 2 wickets in 4 overs at an economy of 6.20 was named as the player of the match.

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