Sanju Viswanath Samson, a 26-year guy from Trivandrum India is captaining Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League (IPL2021) for the very first time. Sanju played for Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in the past. Samson also played for India U-19, India A, and the Indian national cricket team. Sanju Samson came under spot like for his brilliant innings against the Punjab Kings when he scored his career best century but eventually for a lost cause. Sanju batted brilliantly
Punjab Kings Vs Rajasthan Royals
In IPL 2021 on the 12th of April 2021, against King XI Punjab, Sanju played his debut game as a captain of the Rajasthan Royals. All matches of IPL 2021 are streaming live on watchcricketmatch.com.
Rajasthan Royals, after winning the toss elected to bat first. The decision wasn’t worked in the favor of the Rajasthan Royals as King XI Punjab placed a mammoth total of 221-6 in their 20 overs. KL Rahul played a brilliant inning of 91 on just 50 balls. Chris Gayle The Universe Boss along with Deepak Hooda also played handy innings in that huge total of 221 runs.
Rajasthan Royals in reply to 221, not had a perfect start as Ben Stokes was caught and bowled by Shami on 3rd ball of the inning. Wickets fell at regular intervals on the other hand. Skipper saved his end and also scored a brilliant century. Sanju scored 119 runs on just 63 balls that were quite special to watch.
Rajasthan Royals need 13 of the last over with Sanju on the crease. Sanju managed to score 8 runs on the first 4 balls. Then he played a shot and refuse to take a single and sent Chris Morris back to the non-striker end. With 5 on the final ball, Sanju Samson caught in the deep covers, few yards short of the boundary. That’s how Kings XI Punjab somehow manage to win a thriller and nail-biting contest by just 4 runs.
Legends On Samson’s Denial to take a single
Sanju’s refusal to take a single on the 2nd last ball gives rise to so many questions. Have a look at what the cricketing fraternity said about that refusal of Samson to take a single on 2nd last ball.
Former New Zealand Cricketer Simon Doull
Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull was shocked by the call to send Morris back.
“My goodness. My goodness. He’s turned the run down, Sanju Samson. I don’t believe what I’ve just seen because at least Morris can hit a four for the win.”
Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar
Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar had a different opinion.
Sunil Gavaskar the legendary Indian batmen and commentator expressed his opinion about the incident, putting his weight in favor of Sanju Samson’s decision. He was of the view that Morris is a valuable player but so far he hasn’t had the expected success and has a strike rate of just 50. It was a correct decision from Sanju to take the last deliveries for him self and try to win it for his team.
Former Indian Cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar
former India international Sanjay Manjrekar termed it as the right call from Samson to not take a single.
Indian Ex cricketer and ICC commentator Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his views upon the incident saying that there as a much more greater chance of getting a boundary from the set Samson’s bat than from a newer batsmen to the crease, Morris in this case.
New Zealand Cricketer Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham wrote on Twitter that he believes that Samson took the right decision considering the form he was in. We can debate for as long as we want that Morris could hit a six or a four but the form (Sanju Samson) was in, It was right to have that kind of confidence in him self to finish the game.
West Indian Legend Brain Lara
West Indian Great Brain Lara told Star Sports that he too thinks like all great cricketers that it was the right call from Sanju Samson. There is no doubt that Sanju Samson could hit the boundary at that stage. If he would have opted for a double, there was a chance of getting run out, He also termed Samson innings as a “Tremendous” innings and appreciated his grit.
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