India registered a historic 5-0 whitewash over New Zealand in the just-concluded Twenty20 International (T20I) series on Sunday, becoming the first team to clean sweep a bilateral five-match T20I series in the history of the game. There were many outstanding performances in the series. KL Rahul was sensational with the bat, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah getting the job done with the ball. But one department that could see a little more improvement was fielding with the ever-safe Ravindra Jadeja also registering a rare drop catch. Otherwise a terrific fielding unit, India were not at their best in this series, however, there were still some exceptional efforts in the field from the Indians, though, none more impressive than Sanju Samson’s incredible effort on the boundary ropes in the fifth and final T20I at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
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Samson got two chances in the series to show his skills with the bat but failed both times. However, on Sunday, while fielding at deep mid-wicket, Samson showed mind-boggling athleticism to stop the ball from going for a certain six.
Ross Taylor whacked a Shardul Thakur delivery towards the mid-wicket boundary but Samson went airborne, parallel to the ground, took the catch and flicked it back into the field of play — all this in mid-air. With the New Zealander running two runs, Samson ended up saving four runs for India.