Known for his sensible batting, Sanju Samson was praised by legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar as MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) suffered defeat at hands of Rajasthan Royals (RR) despite CSK starting off their IPL 2020 campaign with a convincing win against Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19.
However, they lost their 2nd match of the season to Steve Smith’s Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who hasn’t got many opportunities in senior team earned the Man of the Match award for his valiant 74 runs off 32 deliveries as Rajasthan won their IPL 2020 opener by a margin of 16 runs.
Sunil Gavaskar Says Sanju Samson Always Had Talent:
Sanju Samson earned a lot of praise for his performance after young IPL debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal got out early in the match against CSK at Sharjah.
“Unbelievable, he [Sanju Samson] has always had the talent and as he was telling us at the presentation where he won the MoM award that the last few months he has worked very hard. He’s tried to stay fit, he has controlled his diet, he has his eyes set to play for India. To be a permanent member in the Indian side.
As a batsman, he has always been very good, as a wicketkeeper there has been a little question mark. But he was very alert very agile at the stumps this time. Batsman has played a long innings then he comes to keep, it’s not very easy. It shows that his stamina has increased,” Sunil Gavaskar said on Star Sports, post the game.
Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was in awe of Sanju Samson — and want to see him permanently playing for Team India. Sanju Samson made his T20I debut in 2015, but has played four T20Is while donning Indian jersey.
Sanju Samson Praised By Kevin Pietersen Who Wants Him To Continue His Form:
Veteran England batsman Kevin Pietersen, too, heaped praises on the wicket-keeper batsman for his exemplary match-winning innings against CSK.
“I’d just like to say that he [Sanju Samson] hasn’t had a long Indian career but the kind of performance he has put up, how many times has he played like he played tonight in the Indian Premier League! He just keeps getting better.
If he continues or can continue this consistency I mean he can come up to England and play a lot this winter, a lot of white ball and red ball stuff. It’s a busy season so let’s just hope he does continue,” Pietersen said.
Steve Smith, who opened an innings for the first time in his entire career, scored a 47-ball 69 and secured a win for his IPL team on September 22.