Rajasthan Royals’ wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson has stated his game plan for the IPL is to stand and deliver for his team. A thunderous knock by Samson of 74 runs off 32 balls including nine sixes and one four gave Rajasthan a superb start to the game where they made 216 runs. RR skipper Steve Smith also played an important inning of 69 runs.
CSK had won the toss and chose to bowl first at the Sharjah International Stadium. Faf du Plessis was the only big scorer for the Chennai based side, making 72 runs off 37 balls. The Chennai based side have played two matches in the IPL 2020 now, winning and losing one each.
I think range-hitting is what the game demands in this generation: Sanju Samson
25-year-old, Sanju Samson was in the best of his form against CSK in RR’s opening match of the IPL. He told his game plan is to stand and deliver and if the ball is in the arc of his bat, every time his intent is to hit it hard.
Sanju also told he had been working on his fitness and strength during the lockdown which is paying now in his game. The competition with Robin Uthappa and Jos Buttler does not worry him as the final decision is for the coach to make.
“My game plan is to stand and deliver. If it’s in the arc I go for it, and it’s very important to keep the intent to hit the ball if it’s there to be hit. I’ve been working hard on my fitness, diet, and training, and on my strength, because my game relies a lot on power hitting” Samson said in the post-match presentation.
“I had time to work out in these 5 months, and I think I’ve increased that ability. Everyone likes to keep wickets (about Buttler and Uthappa as alternate options) and no one likes running around, but it’s up to the coach. We are happy to bring smiles on the fans’ faces and we hope to continue doing so,” Sanju Samson added.
Rajasthan Royals win their IPL opener against Chennai Super Kings
IPL 2020’s first game crossing the 200 mark was played in the Sharjah International Stadium yesterday between CSK and RR. Sanju Samson and Smith’s knocks gave RR the head start they needed, but with the middle order slumping quick pacer, Jofra Archer stepped up and hit 27 runs off eight balls which included four sixes against Lungi Ngidi.
CSK only had du Plessis bat for long and late three sixes from MS Dhoni in the death overs, got them a little closer to the score but they still fell short of 16 runs. RR are set to face KXIP in their next match of IPL on Sunday, in the same ground of Sharjah. CSK will face DC on September 25 in the Dubai International stadium.