Finally, Sanju Samson makes it into the India A team and within no time, he showed his class with the bat. The flamboyant batsman smashed a brilliant 91 off 48 balls to help India A side smash 204 runs in 20 overs. He was helped by Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, who contributed with decent knocks.
Sanju Samson registered his highest List-A score of 91 as India A posted a strong total of 204/4 against South Africa A in a rain-curtailed match that was reduced to 20-over a side after a lengthy delay owing to a wet outfield at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 51:
He raced to his fifty off just 27 balls and looked set for his maiden triple-figure score in List A, but was caught brilliantly by Janneman Malan off the bowling of Geroge Linde in the 16th over. Samson showed his class right from the ball one after Shreyas Iyer opted to bat first.
Iyer contributed 36 off 19 with the help of five fours and one six while Shivam Dube made a run-a-ball unbeaten ten. Hendricks finished with 2/29 in his four overs while Linde was only another wicket-taker claiming 2/43 in his four overs.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 36-ball 51 runs to his name. During his knock, he was struck on the neck while attempting to play a scoop shot. The game delayed for a brief time but he was fine to resume his innings.
India A have already sealed the five-match series, winning the first three matches, while South Africa A managed their first win of the tour, claiming the rain-affected 4th unofficial ODI yesterday. This would be the perfect knock for Samson ahead of the T20I series against South Africa.
He has been in the news for a long time to head into the Indian side. Probably, the 91-run knock would help him to catch the eyeballs of the selectors.
Here are a few tweets:
— Narayanan S (@narayanantweaks) September 6, 2019
Sanju samson a treat to watch👌👌
— Debasish singh (@Debasis00128879) September 6, 2019
Sanju Samson's highest List A score in domestic is 90 but today he got 91 against an international A side. After around 80 list A games it's strange a player who got a ton in IPL don't have a ton in list A career.
— arfan (@Im__Arfan) September 6, 2019
Seems like Sanju Samson will show his class only in 20 over match. He failed in the last match, but when todays match was reduced to 20 over due to wet outfield, he scored a brilliant 91 from 48 balls which included 6 fours and 7 sixes!!!🤩@ESPNcricinfo @rajasthanroyals @IPL
— Aby Siby (@Aby_Siby) September 6, 2019
Thank you, management. For promoting Sanju Samson at three and giving him all the licence. It was a real treat.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 6, 2019
This inning by Sanju Samson today shows that there are enough talent in wicketkeepers lobby of youngsters if selectors what to look beyond pant. @BCCI @MSKPrasad_ @cricbuzz @bhogleharsha @SGanguly99 @BCCIdomestic @vikrantgupta73 @VVSLaxman281
— amir hussain (@Iam_amir86) September 6, 2019
— Saurabh kumar (@SAURABH_KUMAR18) September 6, 2019
Sanju Samson, need to few more innings like this, 91 (48) , to come in good books of illiterate msk Prasad.. #INDAvsSAA
— Puneet (@OnestoPuneet) September 6, 2019
Impressive Sanju Samson. The most likely name missing from the Indian t20 squad. Rishab Pant should have someone around, who might give him scare for his place. Also, Tushar Despande really like his bowling temperament, hitting hard lenghts. IPL team do watch this man.
— Annay_Baksi (@AnnayBaksi) September 6, 2019
— Kartikeya (@mrkartikeya_) September 6, 2019
— MSK PRASAD (@MSKPRASAD12) September 6, 2019
Sadness is SANJU SAMSON missed his well deserved century but today Sanju Samson literally played well in his home ground (Thiruvananthapuram). @Im_SanjuSamson literally deserves place in team India he is good & now experienced as well. #INDAvSAA @BCCIdomestic @BCCI
— Aninda 🇮🇳 (@anindasarkar_) September 6, 2019
@vikrantgupta73 Dekh kaise batting kar rha hai sanju samson.. tmhe toh bahut takleef ho rhi hogi na?
Tmhare karan over rate kia gya rishav pant ko aur deserving log team ke bahar hai
— KD (@NamoNamo81) September 6, 2019
Sanju Samson can replace Rishab if he continues to waste his opportunities
2- can india in T20 open with rohit nd Virat as both of them open for IPL teams nd have fearless youngster's down the order no Shikhar,no Pandey?#AskSportsTak @vikrantgupta73 @rawatrahul9 @manoj_dimri
— Abhay jain 🇮🇳 (@Ajsjain) September 6, 2019
I never ,ever played like 10 percent of The way Sanju Samson is Playing in my very small cricketing career,Surely Sanju Samson deserves all the credit today the way he is Playing….We will Try to Push Him to make India Squad @BCCI #IndiaAvsSAA…..
— MSK PRASAD (@MSKPRASAD12) September 6, 2019
Smith,rahane, stokes,gowtham,Archar ..all Royals r shining all around the world
SANJU SAMSON get chance after IPL ..playing at 60* hits 4 sixes,6 fours already .. HE always looks very Elegant
— PUTIN👑 (@rus_vala) September 6, 2019