Sanju Samson played in Rajasthan Royals on Sunday night when they defeated Kings XI Punjab in a thrilling IPL 2020 match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The stylish wicket-keeper-batsman shot 85 from just 42 balls, including four fours and a whopping seven sixes, while Rajasthan Royals took down the highest chase in Indian Premier League (IPL) history. After the match, Congressman Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to greet Rajasthan Royals and Sanju Samson, remembering the time when he told a 14-year-old Samson that he would be the next MS Dhoni. Commenting on Tharoor’s tweet, former Indian cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir wrote that Samson “doesn’t have to be next”.
What an absolutely incredible win for that @rajasthanroyals ! I have known @RTLnews for a decade & told him when he was 14 that one day he would be the next MS Dhoni. Well, that day is here. After his two great innings in this IPL, you know a world-class player has arrived.
– Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 27, 2020
– Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 27, 2020
S Sreesanth also countered Tharoor, saying “He’s not the next Dhoni, he’s @IamSanjuSamson the one and only (sic)”.
He’s not the next Dhoni., He is @BuienRadarNL the only real. he should have played regularly in all formats from 2015. don’t compare him, if he had given the right chances then he would have played like that for India and won world cups … but
– Sreesanth (@ sreesanth36) September 28, 2020
Rajasthan Royals have won both matches they’ve played in IPL 2020 so far, with Samson playing a pivotal role in the two wins.
RR has managed to break the 200-run barrier on both occasions. In Rajasthan’s opening game against Chennai Super Kings, Samson hit a brilliant 74 from 32 balls (1 four and nine sixes), helping his team place an impressive total of 216 for seven in their 20 overs.
On Sunday, with Rajasthan on the hunt for 224 to win, Samson came to the party again with yet another superlative.
Along with RR captain Steve Smith, Samson added 81 runs for the second wicket after Jos Buttler left early.
After Smith was fired, the pressure on Samson increased, with Rahul Tewatia struggling to find the boundaries. The Kerala batsman continued to take on the bowlers to keep Rajasthan in play, but fell over in the 17th.
Fortunately for Rajasthan, Tewatia, who had scored 8 out of 19 balls at one point, found his range. The all-rounder skipped five sixes in one to bring his team within reach.
Finally, Tom Curran hit a boundary to get Rajasthan over with three balls.
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