During the 54th match of the IPL between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, a strange incident happened in the RR dugout after the dismissal of Sanju Samson.
RR skipper Sanju Samson put KKR to bat first at Sharjah. KKR were in a need of a victory to qualify for the playoffs. KKR were determined to come out victorious and laid all efforts to do so.
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While batting first, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer got KKR to a flying start. The two managed to score 79 runs for the opening wicket before Venkatesh Iyer lost his wicket to Rahul Tewatia. Shubman Gill carried on his innings and completed his half century in just 40 balls. He was soon dismissed for 56 runs off 44 deliveries which comprised of 4 fours and 2 sixes. In the end KKR imposed a target of 172 in front of the Royals.
While chasing down the total, Shakib Al Hasan took three balls to remove Yashasvi Jaiswal who failed to score a run. Sanju Samson was dismissed in the very next over by Shivam Mavi.
Rajasthan Royals were struggling at 1/2 in 1.1 overs. Just when Sanju Samson was making his long walk to the dugout, Shivam Dube looked all set to come up at no.4 for the Royals. Shivam Dube crossed the boundary lines to come out to bat. However, RR coach Kumar Sangakkara stopped the left-handed batsmen from going to bat. Sangakkara asked Shivam Dube to return to the dugout. This is because Sangakkara wanted the youngster Anuj Rawat to come out to bat early in the innings. Just when Rawat entered the field the on-field umpire intervened in the scene and did not allow Rawat to go in. Eventually Shivam Dube was sent to bat at no.4 after all the Hussle.
RR captain Sanju Samson at the post-match presentation said: “I think to be very honest it was a better wicket. It was staying a little low with the new ball but it was a better wicket. 171 was chaseable on this wicket. I think we wanted to get a good start. We needed a powerful powerplay. We wanted to execute whatever we planned but we didn’t execute. I think if you look at the whole season, we have gone through many challenges. We showed character though and am proud of the boys.”