Sanju Samson seemingly fulfilled his potential in the second T20I against Ireland which India won by a narrow margin of 4 runs and pocketed the series 2-0 on June 28. Samson opened the innings for India in place of Ruturaj Gaikwad and scored a sublime 77 runs.
Samson has had numerous chances to cement his place in the Indian team has made his international debut in 2015 against Zimbabwe. However, despite playing multiple good-looking innings, he never managed to capitalize on the good start and threw his wicket away, leading to losing his spot on the Men in Blue side.
But he got another chance to prove his mettle for India and took it with both hands, scoring 77 runs with 9 fours and 4 sixes in 42 balls. He added a record 176 runs with Deepak Hooda, who made 104 with 9 fours and 4 sixes. It turned out to be the highest partnership ever for the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game.
I Made My Debut… Feels Like A Decade Ago: Sanju Samson
Samson’s innings was pure bliss to watch and they helped India put on 225/7 in 20 overs. After the nail-biting finish, Hooda and Samson had a candid conversation on the BCCI.tv.
Samson expressed his feelings about getting a maiden fifty since making his debut in 2015. The Kerala cricketer added it feels as if it was a decade ago when he played his first game.
“Feeling is really great. I made my debut… feels like a decade ago. But I’m very happy to contribute, very happy to spend some time in the middle. Also, very happy to understand the role and build a partnership with you. Sometimes it felt like we must push ourselves further, hit more boundaries but we were anyway getting 10-15 runs almost every over. Really happy batting with you and the way I contributed to the team,” he said.
India’s 4-run win against Ireland stands second on the list of lowest margins of a win for a team scoring 220-plus runs after batting first. Ireland’s 221/5 is now Ireland’s 2nd highest total in T20Is.