Sanju Samson
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Sanju Samson, an Indian batsman, stated he wasn’t sad that he didn’t reach his first T20I century but said that he would like to reach a three-figure score as soon as possible in the game’s shortest format. On his return to the T20I team, Samson smashed a 42-ball 77 against Ireland in the second T20I at the Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin on Tuesday, June 28. He hammered nine boundaries and four sixes.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was unable to play in the second T20I owing to an injury, was replaced by Sanju Samson, who was asked to start the batting alongside Ishan Kishan. Samson persevered despite losing his partner early on and attacked the Ireland bowlers.

Samson and Deepak Hooda put up the biggest T20I run partnership for India, totalling 176 runs. Hooda became just the fourth Indian to score 100 runs in the game’s shortest format. After being dropped for the 5-match T20I series against South Africa at home in June, the Rajasthan Royals captain made the most of his opportunity.

Sanju Samson Deepak Hooda
Sanju Samson Deepak Hooda PC- ESPN

I Am Happy To Bat At Any Position: Sanju Samson

As Hooda was sending them soaring into the stands for his 57-ball 104, Samson was content to take second place in their magnificent partnership. When Samson picked up speed, Hooda was forced to take a backseat as the two youthful hitters seized the centre stage and led India to a winning total of 205.

I think Hooda made it very easy for me. He came in with an intent to go after the bowling very hard from the word go, which made it easy for me. We communicated really well. When Hooda was going on, I was happy to give the strike to him. When I was hitting it, he also did the same,” Sanju Samson told Sony Sports after India won the T20I by 4 runs.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson

I would also like to get to that kind of a score but am very happy with the way I batted as well, It’s just about getting back to understanding the role and which kind of intensity I should do. As an opener, I can take some time and play the touch game but when coming in at No. 4 or No. 5, it’s all about power. It’s about understanding the role for my team and just sticking to it,” Samson added.

It remains to be seen if Samson gets to play in the next T20 International for India or not.

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