Gambhir bats for Sanju Samson’s inclusion in the Indian team
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has seen something special in Sanju Samson’s batting technique. He showered praises on the young wicket-keeper batsman and added that a talent like Samson deserves to be in the Indian cricket team.
Gambhir’s remarks came after Samson smashed the fastest double century by an Indian batsman in List A cricket in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Goa.
Samson chipped in with a brilliant 212-run knock in the Vijay Hazare group game between Kerala and Goa. His fierce 129-ball innings included 12 fours and 10 sixes. His innings guided Kerala post 377/3 in their allotted quota of 50 overs at the KSCA Cricket (2) Ground.
“Well done Sanju Samson on a double hundred in a domestic one-day game!!! This man is bursting at seams with talent and talent must meet opportunity very soon,” tweeted Gautam Gambhir.
Samson’s scintillating 212 is the highest score in the Vijay Hazare Trophy by an individual batsman, as he went past Karanveer Kaushal’s 202 which came while playing for Uttarakhand against Sikkim last year.
Earlier, the Kerala wicketkeeper hadn’t scored even a single century in List A cricket. He had just 1 half-century to his record in the five matches in the tournament.
However, during the knock, Samson shattered the record for the fastest List A double century by an Indian, as he reached the 200-run mark in just 125 balls.
Well, this is not the first time that Gautam Gambhir expressed his interest in Sanju Samson. He actually meant that Sanju Samson can actually be a potential replacement of Rishabh Pant in the truncated version of the game.
“Rishabh Pant is always exciting but he has to watch his back as my favourite Sanju Samson is throwing some serious challenges at him,” Gambhir had said.
“On current form and his skills this Southern Star, @IamSanjuSamson can bat even on Moon’s South Pole!!! I wonder if they had space on Vikram to carry this marvel of a batsman.
Well done Sanju on scoring 91 off 48 balls against South Africa A side,” the cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir tweeted after the 24-year-old prospect Sanju Samson displayed a sensational form for Team India A in the unofficial ODI series against South Africa A in Thiruvananthapuram.