Best Performances of Sanju Samson in IPL
When a particular piece of news broke some days ago, many Rajasthan Royals fans were surprised. But perhaps, no one was surprised more than Sanju Samson. It was reported that for the matches Australian batsman Steve Smith will not be available, Jaydev Unadkat will lead the side. Unadkat’s name wasn’t mentioned as the favourites in many accounts, with fans wanting to see Samson doing the job.
But on hindsight, this has always happened with him. From national call-ups which he deserved but didn’t get to not getting duly credited for the tremendous job he does for his IPL franchises, Samson’s tale has mostly been of have-nots. But he keeps on performing year in year out, which can be easily comprehended by looking at his numbers. He has crossed the 300-run mark in all of his past three seasons.
Let us have a look at Top 5 innings of Sanju Samson in IPL:
#5) 74 Runs in (47) Against Mumbai Indians
Samson was once with Kolkata Knight Riders, but it was Rajasthan Royals who gave him the chance to play the big stage. Though he debuted in 2013, it was in 2014 when he finally arrived in front of the world. This match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium is fresh in our memories for a special reason.
Mumbai needed to chase Royals’ 189 inside 14.4 overs, and that too, with a six from the last ball. It was made possible by Aditya Tare, who hit the six in his very first ball. But it will also be criminal to overlook Samson’s sublime knock. he scored 74 from just 47 deliveries. He hit 7 boundaries and 3 sixes in this game.
#4) 76 Runs in (46) Against Mumbai Indians
Our next mention on the list of ‘Top 5 innings of Sanju Samson in IPL’ is once again a match between Mumbai and Rajasthan, which ultimately Rohit Sharma’s team ended up winning. This match is from the 2015 season, which Samson particularly would like to forget.
Amidst all the ordinary performances in this season, this knock against Indians stands out. This time, Mumbai batted first and scored 187 runs. Chasing the target, Rajasthan lost Ajinkya Rahane in the fourth over. But then came Sanju Samson and he changed the complexion of the game. With the help of 7 fours and 3 sixes, he amassed 76 runs. He was dismissed in the 18th over, but unfortunately for Royals, their finishers crumbled badly and they couldn’t chase the total down.
#3) 92* Runs in (45) Against Royal Challengers Bangalore
By a country mile, the 2018 season was Samson’s most successful one in the IPL. This match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy is proof of how dangerous he can be if he is at his best. Batting first, Royals once again lost Rahane early, but this time around, his opening partner D’Arcy Short soon followed suit.
Samson then started building a partnership with Ben Stokes. Initially cautious, it did not take Samson long to get acquainted with the conditions and the opposition bowlers, and once he got in the groove, there was no stopping him. He scored an unbeaten 95 from just 42 deliveries. The strange trivia about this particular knock is, Samson, hit only two fours on one hand, and struck 10 sixes on the other. This knock helped the Royals score 217 runs.
#2) 102 Runs in (63) Against Rising Pune Supergiant
The next innings on our list of ‘Top 5 innings of Sanju Samson in IPL’ is the from the match where Samson scored his maiden IPL ton. After two ordinary seasons in 2015 and 2016, 2017 was once again a season of redemption for him. Playing for Delhi Capitals during this time, Samson struck a beautifully crafted 102 against Rising Pune Supergiant.
The batsman who has already been mentioned on this list, Aditya Tare was now Delhi’s opener. He was dismissed for a duck, and Samson was called upon to do damage control work. What he instead did was remarkable, as he took every bowler for a ride. He struck 8 fours and 5 big hits in this game.
#1) 102* Runs in (55) Against Sunrisers Hyderabad
Samson’s second IPL century came when Rajasthan Royals played against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium last year. Again batting first, Samson’s team lost an opener very early on. This time, it was Jos Buttler.
Samson set up a partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, and then after his dismissal, with Ben Stokes. He scored an unbeaten 102, which consisted of 10 fours and 4 sixes. His explosive knock helped the Royals score 198 runs. But luck and Samson doesn’t cross paths much, and a super knock of David Warner helped Hyderabad chase the target down.