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Sanju Samson was happy to be back in the Indian playing XI after being left off of the team for the South Africa series. Samson began the innings with Ishan Kishan in the second T20I in place of the injured Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Samson was Deepak Hooda’s backup for the first half of his innings, but he switched up his approach just in time to finish with a quickfire knock of 77 off only 42 balls. 

It appeared that Samson would reach his century in the second half of the innings, just like his colleague Hooda at the other end. Unfortunately, the Kerala keeper-batter was foxed by Mark Adair, who delivered a slower ball that dropped on him and finished him off. 

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Sanju Samson And Deepak Hooda Help India Reach Big Total

India reached a total of 225 thanks to the highest-ever T20I partnership for Samson and Hooda, but Ireland kept them in reach before they ultimately fell short by by 4 runs. 

Ajay Jadeja questioned Samson about his disappointment after the game over missing the century on Sony Sports. Samson said, “It was a good game. The partnership we had, in that type of condition, there was some movement off the wicket and the bowlers were bowling in the right areas.

Sanju Samson Deepak Hooda
Sanju Samson Deepak Hooda PC- ESPN

I think Hooda made it very easy for me. He started hitting from the word go. We communicated really well, I was happy to just give the strike to him when he was hitting like that. 

“When I started going, he also did the same. I’m very happy for Hooda, and someday, soon, I would like to get to that kind of a score (century). I’m very happy with the way I also batted,” the 27-year-old added. 

Sanju Samson Responds To Ajay Jadeja’s Comments

Sanju Samson
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Jadeja continued, adding that he was disappointed to see Samson miss the century and that the batter should have scored one more and felt the same way. Given that he is Samson’s biggest admirer, Jadeja apologised and questioned whether he was being too harsh. 

Samson then responded by saying, “Thank you Ajay bhai, it will definitely keep me pushing. Definitely, I’ll try to score a lot more runs in the coming games,” he further added. 

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