With his team needing 222 to win in his maiden game as captain, the onus was on Sanju Samson to produce the goods after the inaugural champions had lost their first three wickets for 70 runs in the 8th over.
Samson took up the responsibility to the hilt as he smashed a stylish and brilliantly calculated knock of 119 off just 63 deliveries with the help of 12 fours and five monstrous sixes.
With 5 needed off the last two balls, Samson nearly pulled off a Dhoni as he did not take the single on the penultimate delivery.
The innings eventually went in vain as Samson, in an attempt to smash Arshdeep Singh over extra-cover for a six, holed out in the deep as Punjab Kings escaped with a 4-run victory.
“This is a very difficult question because lots of such knocks were played in the IPL, whether you talk about Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan or Devdutt Padikkal. So, the Indian players have done well but if one has to single out, Sanju Samson’s century impressed me the most,” said Reetinder Singh Sodhi when asked to pick the best innings by an Indian on India News.
Sodhi further explained why scoring a century in T20 cricket is a difficult thing to do. He also heaped further praise on Sanju Samson, stating that when he plays, time stops.
”It is not easy to score a century in T20 cricket. You have to go with the word go from the first ball. You have to hit boundaries and sixes and take quick singles. Sanju Samson is a player, when he plays, time stops,” added Sodhi.