25-year-old Sanju Samson has taken the Indian Premier League 2020 by storm. The Rajasthan Royals batsman scored a fiery 75 of 32 deliveries in their tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings. In the second game against Kings XI Punjab, Samson rose up to the occasion once again and smashed 85 runs in 42 balls which helped the team chase down a mammoth target of 224.
After the record-breaking win, Twitter went berserk over Samson’s brilliant display of power-hitting. He was also congratulated by Congress MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor.
In his tweet, Tharoor mentioned that he knows Samson for a decade and went on to term him as the ‘next Dhoni’.
What an absolutely incredible win for @rajasthanroyals ! I’ve known @iamSanjuSamson for a decade & told him when he was 14 that he would one day be the next MS Dhoni. Well, that day is here. After his two amazing innings in this IPL you know a world class player has arrived.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 27, 2020
However, former India international S Sreesanth begged to differ. Replying to Tharoor’s tweet, Sreesanth asked him to keep Samson out of comparisons. He added that if given the opportunities, Sanju Samson would have won World Cups for India.
He is not next Dhoni .,he is @IamSanjuSamson the one and only.he should have been playing from 2015 regularly in all formats.pls don’t compare him,if he had given right opportunities then ,he would have been playing like this for india and would have won world cups ..but
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) September 28, 2020
Sanju Samson on his performance:
Speaking about 2019, a year in which Samson found himself in an out of the team, Samson said that he was a bit frustrated with himself at one point in time. However, a little bit of soul searching helped him regain his best form.
“I was really fed up of myself last year. I had been trying very hard but things were not happening. Then I really went back to myself, did a bit of soul-searching and I really asked myself lots of different questions. Like, ‘What do I want to achieve in my life?’ and ‘Where do I want to reach until my cricket career finishes?’”
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He went on to thank his friends, family, and fans for all the love and support.
“I decided that I have ten more years to play this wonderful game, so I decided to just give my everything towards cricket and nothing else. My family, friends, and everyone is really supportive and I’m really happy that I’m giving my whole energy towards cricket – and it’s giving back to me,” Samson added.
The Rajasthan Royals will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.