Young batting sensation Sanju Samson proved to be the matchwinner for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their quest of beating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday (15 April).
The 23-year-old Kerala batsman hit magnificent knock of 92 from 45 balls laced with 10 sixes and 2 boundaries helped the RR to post the highest total of a T20 league -217 on the board against the RCB.
Following his unbeaten knock, the cricketing fraternity was going gaga over Samson, and even RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane termed him as the future of the Indian cricket.
As per reports in Indian Express, Rahane told reporters at the post-match presentation, “Sanju is a great talent, good to have him in our team. He’s the future for India and we back him.”
He also expressed satisfaction after securing the victory against such a big team in their own backyard. Rahane further added, “Feels good. We all know how dangerous RCB are. We were thinking of getting 160-170, the wicket was a bit slow. But the way Sanju batted was incredible. It was all about getting that one big partnership. The knee is better. Slight niggle but will be fine. Shreyas bowled really well. We know when you score 200-plus, opponents will come hard.”
Meanwhile, Samson is feeling after his match-winning knock in Bangalore, saying it is like a dream come true.
He signed off by saying, “Feel very grateful to play this tournament for two months of the year. Playing an innings like this is a dream come true. I’m feeling good, hitting the ball well. Would like to keep up the form and win as many matches as I can. Whatever my team wants me to do, I’ll do it – whether it’s fielding or keeping.”