Ex-Proteas pacer Dale Steyn has drawn parallels between Sanju Samson and Yuvraj Singh after the former’s valiant knock against South Africa in the first ODI on Thursday. Chasing 250 runs, in a match that was reduced to 40 overs a side, Samson’s knock kept India in the hunt till the very last over of the match.
Needing 30 runs from the last six balls, the wicketkeeper almost pulled it off as he took on the attack to Tabraiz Shamsi. However, the Men in Blue fell short by nine runs despite Samson’s unbeaten 86.
Dale Steyn lauds Sanju Samson’s ability to take on the attack in the death overs
Speaking on the post-match discussion on Star Sports, as quoted by Hindustan Times, Steyn said he felt tensed when Rabada bowled a no-ball in the last ball of his over as he feels Samson is someone who can take down bowlers with relative ease.
“As soon as KG (Kagiso Rabada) bowled that no-ball in the last ball of his over, I was like, ‘please don’t let this happen’. Because you never know with someone like Sanju, especially with the form that he has got and the belief that he has. I watched him in the IPL, his ability to take down the bowlers and hit boundary at will, especially in the last 2 overs of the game, is incredible,” said Steyn.
Sanju Samson’s six-hitting abilities are similar to Yuvraj Singh, opines Dale Steyn
The former Proteas pacer also went on to say that the Indian wicketkeeper-batter has the potential of Yuvraj Singh and get the team across the line even if 30+ runs are needed in the final over.
“Shamsi was going to bowl the last over and he (Samson) knew he (Shamsi) had a rough day. I was nervous when KG bowled the no ball. Because Sanju is a kind of guy who has the potential of Yuvi, to hit those six sixes and get team across the line when it needs 30+,” said Steyn.