Was Sanju Samson’s celebration against Mumbai Indians inspired by his India captain Virat Kohli? This was the question that was doing the rounds on social media after Sanju Samson came up with the ‘bicep’ celebration after reaching his fifty against the defending champions on Sunday.
Sanju Samson played a fine knock off 54 not out off just 31 balls to help his side chase down 195. Ben Stokes was the star of the show, playing a scintillating knock of 107 to guide Royals to a much-needed win. He and Sanju Samson shared an unbeaten stand of 152 runs to give Royals their fifth win of the season.
Coming to Sanju Samson’s celebration, the right-handed batsman pointed at his bicep while celebrating his fifty. The celebration was quick to remind the fans of Virat Kohli’s celebration against South African in 2015. During his 138-run knock in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at home, Virat Kohli had done a similar celebration.
Sanju Samson, however, revealed that the reason behind his celebration was different. Speaking at the end of the match, the Royals star revealed that the celebration was just a reminder to himself about his strength.
“Reminding myself what my name is, I think Samson is the strongest man in the world, I keep remembering that. I am very strong and I can hit more sixes,” he said.
He further said that the recent drop in form did not hurt his confidence and he kept backing himself. The Royals star had started his campaign in IPL 2020 with two half-centuries before losing his form. He finally regained it on Sunday with another match-winning fifty.
“I kept on believing in myself. When you play 14 games, you’ll have to go through ups and downs. I worked a bit on my game plan. In bigger grounds, on different wickets, you need to take more time, play more cricketing shots, that was the difference I did today.
“It was amazing batting with Stokes. We have spent a good time out in the middle in the last three games, this was the best time with him, really enjoyed it,” said Sanju Samson.