Sanju Samson once again displayed why he is one of the most outrageous talents that Indian cricket has seen in the past decade. Inconsistency has plagued Samson’s career but when in full flight- like he was today- the Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman is sight to behold.
And, when he is in prime touch, he wins his side games singlehandedly, just like he did today as Rajasthan Royals kickstarted their Dream11 2020 campaign with a resounding 16-run win over perennial nemessis, Chennai Super Kings. It was a six-hitting masterclass from Sanju Samson. And, it wasn’t as if he was slogging the ball blindly. Those were pure cricketing shots hit with complete conviction.
Samson smoked a whirlwind 32-ball 74- an innings which included just one four but nine monstrous sixes- and it was his partnership with Steve Smith that ultimately paved wat for Jofra Archer’s brutal onslaught in the end against Lungi Ngidi as Rajasthan Royals posted 8-216 in 20 overs.
Samson was particularly harsh on CSK’s spinners. He immediately took the attack to them by greeting Ravindra Jadeja for consecutive sixes before laying into Piyush Chawla, smashing him for 28 runs in one over. Needless to say. Samson was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ where he revealed that his game-plan was simple- ‘Stand And Deliver’
Here’s what Sanju Samson said after being adjudged ‘Player of the Match’
”My game plan was stand and deliver. If it’s in the arc I go for it, and it’s very important to keep the intent to hit the ball if it’s there to be hit. I’ve been working hard on my fitness, diet and training, and on my strength, because my game relies a lot on power hitting,” Samson said in the post-match conference
”I think range-hitting is what the game demands in this generation. I had time to work out in these 5 months, and I think I’ve increased that ability. Everyone likes to keep wickets (about Buttler and Uthappa as alternate options) and no one likes running around, but it’s up to the coach. We are happy to bring smiles on the fans’ faces and we hope to continue doing so,” he added.