There is hardly any brute power, there are no ugly batting movements, there is no mad bat swing. But even then there are runs. Lots of runs. Infact of 102 off just 55 balls.
Sanju Samson: The first centurion of IPL 2019.
The right-hand batsman has always been known as a classy player and his batting talent is well-established. In the IPL 2019 SRH vs RR match, Samson showed the immense reach of his talent and delivered a batting workshop on how to score runs in T20 in a graceful and elegant manner.
Samson takes his time as Rahane attacks
Samson arrived to the crease in the fourth over with Jos Buttler losing is wicket against Rashid Khan. Sensing the tense situation, Samson took his time to settle in as Rahane upped the ante from the other end.
Samson was happy to remain a spectator to Rahane’s swashbuckling hitting in the middle overs. But Rahane’s wicket in the 16th over brought Ben Stokes at the crease who is struggling to get his timing right in IPL 2019 so far.
Samson takes the charge
Samson analyzed the situati on to perfection and switched on his beast mode. In the 18th over, he trashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 24 runs including one six and four fours.
In the next over he slammed Sandeep Sharma for a six over square-leg region and then got a boundary off Bhuvi in the last over.
This was Samson unleashed. The Rajasthan batsman scored 41 runs off the last 12 balls he faced and took Rajasthan closer to 200 runs despite any contribution from their gun batsman Buttler.
Samson knocking national team’s doors
I normally don’t like to talk about individuals in cricket. But seeing his skills I am glad to note that Sanju Samson is currently the best Wicketkeeper batsman in India. For me he should be batting number 4 in the World Cup @BCCI @rajasthanroyals @IPL @StarSportsIndia
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 29, 2019
This hundred has now given Samson a chance to make this IPL season his breakthrough season. With MSD in his final stages of international cricket, India will need a wicket-keeper batsman and Samson could be the man- a stable head in the top-order with ability to unleash furry when needed.