Delhi Daredevils’ Sanju Samson highlighted the missed opportunity to dismiss Kolkata Knight Riders’ Robin Uthappa as the point which cost them the match on Friday in Kolkata, reported IANS.

“Catches do count. Catches win matches and there was a dropped chance and he (Uthappa) made use of it. I think that cost us the match,” said Samson scored a 38-ball 60 after Delhi were put in to bat.

Uthappa was only on nine when he got a top-edge off a Kagiso Rabida delivery which ballooned up into the air on the leg-side. Both Amit Mishra and Sanju Samson circled under the ball but both of them pulled out at the last moment, expecting each other to take the final catch. The ball dropped between them and Uthappa made the most of his reprieve slamming a 33-ball 59 to ensure KKR chased down Delhi’s target of 161 with utmost ease, winning by seven wickets.

The ball drops between Sanju Samson and Amit Mishra. Image credit: Prashant Bhoot/IPL/Sportzpics

The 22-year-old Kerala batsman added, “It’s a busy crowd here lot of noise, so it’s not easy to communicate when the ball goes up. It happens in a match but I think we need to move on. we have a match day after. We have to forget it and move on.”

Regarding his own batting, Samson was circumspect and talked about the importance of finishing off matches.

“I think I am still learning. I am a 22-year-old and have a long career ahead. I need to finish games and need to play the whole 20 overs. Whenever you play 20 overs, the team has the best chances to win. I am trying for that.”

Delhi Daredevils are reeling at the bottom of the table with five losses in seven matches but Samson prepared to keep a positive outlook on things: “When you play a sport like cricket failure is more than success. We all as sportsmen know how to come back from failures.”

He added, “So I think we need to keep going as life. In life also we have failures. We all have doubts but we need a positive mindset. We need to challenge ourselves and move on positively.”