Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to bat first. Captain Ajinkya Rahane wasn’t sure how the pitch would behave but expected it to behave the same for 40 overs. Yes, there was a ‘Bulter’ in the house but it wasn’t his night to be as Rashid Khan, the man who has often troubled Jos Butler foxed the wicket-keeper batsman early in the innings.
While Ajinkya Rahane was playing the sheet-anchor at one end, Sanju Samson playing the role of the aggressor at the other. While neither Sanju Samson went all guns blazing, it wasn’t a bad effort taking the pitch and the bowling attack of the Sunrisrers Hyderabad into consideration. Having said that, Rajasthan Royals would want to address the problem of having too many classical top-order players and fewer power-hitters which is the need of the hour in T20 cricket.
Powered by Sanju Samson who scored 102*55 deliveries and his captain Ajinkya Rahane who played a good supporting role to Samson, the Royals managed to set a target of a mammoth 199 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Everyone has been talking about Sanju Samson ever since. The young man displayed a lot of class as he managed to showcase different avatars of himself.
He build his innings, got the foundation going and then accelerated exactly when the doctor ordered. In the process, Samson also became the first man to score a century in the IPL 2019. Post the innings, in an Interview, the humble Samson decided to play it down and stated that it’s a long tournament and he wants to continue to be consistent for the team. The youngster was the backbone of the Royals and has been given the privilege to bat at number 3 ahead of the former Australian Captain Steven Smith. Everyone in the cricketing fraternity has been appreciating his innings ever since. Here is how Twitter reacted to Sanju Samson’s absolute Master-Class.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 29, 2019
I normally don’t like to talk about individuals in cricket. But seeing his skills I am glad to note that Sanju Samson is currently the best Wicketkeeper batsman in India. For me he should be batting number 4 in the World Cup @BCCI @rajasthanroyals @IPL @StarSportsIndia
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 29, 2019
I know he is not consistent enough at the domestic level etc, but when on song, how many Indians can bat like Sanju Samson does? Not many. 👏👏👏🙏🙏🙏#RRvsSRH
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 29, 2019
When you see Sanju Samson bat as he has done today, you wonder why and how he lost his way in the past 3-4 years. When he burst on the season, he was the next ‘Big Thing’.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 29, 2019
annual reminder of just how delicious sanju samson’s strokeplay can be #SRHvRR
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 29, 2019
Sanju Samson hit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 24 runs. Power hitting by the young man. 👏 #SRHvRR
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) March 29, 2019
“If the role in which you want to go is performed by the legend DHONI, you can’t expect to replace him. It’s about getting more real. I know that I am in the right direction and I know that I have the potential to be there.” – Sanju Samson pic.twitter.com/3SOrkfBYFW
— DHONIsm™ ❤️ (@DHONIism) March 29, 2019