Sanju Samson reveals the secret behind his improvement
After tasting four defeats against Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals finally secured an emphatic win over the yellow brigade. Rajasthan Royals started their IPL campaign with a superb win over MS Dhoni-led team as they beat them by 16 runs.
Rajasthan Royals posted a staggering 216 for 7 on the scorecard, thanks to Sanju Samson (74) and Steve Smith’s (69) who shared a valuable 121-run partnership for the second wicket.
The sensational match saw as many as 33 sixes being hit, which is the joint-most in an IPL game. After the win, Rajasthan Royals climbed to the top of the IPL 2020 points table.
Sanju Samson was the man of the match against CSK:
Sanju Samson was the top batsman for Rajasthan Royals. He played really well against CSK. He hit as many as 9 sixes and a four in his well-decorated knock. Rightly so, he was the man of the match for his sensational batting display.
The wicket-keeper-batsman revealed the secret behind his improvement at the post-match presentation. “My game plan is stand and deliver. If it’s in the arc I go for it, and it’s very important to keep the intent to hit the ball if it’s there to be hit. I’ve been working hard on my fitness, diet and training, and on my strength, because my game relies a lot on power hitting.
I think range-hitting is what the game demands in this generation. I had time to work out in these 5 months, and I think I’ve increased that ability. Everyone likes to keep wickets (about Buttler and Uthappa as alternate options) and no one likes running around, but it’s up to the coach. We are happy to bring smiles on the fans’ faces and we hope to continue doing so,” he added.
Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith was pleased with the way his team played against CSK. At the post-match presentation, Steve Smith showered praise on Sanju Samson and also spoke about the game.
“I think the last surge from Jofra was an incredible bit of hitting. Sanju Samson, looked like everything he hit went for six. MS smacked a few in the end, and Faf got going too, but nice to get a W in front of the RRs. Sanju was incredible, and all I had to do was give him the strike. This should give him a lot of confidence.
Jos is a quality player and we’ll see what happens when he comes back. Hard to take the opening slot away from someone like him. It was important for the bowlers to avoid straight hits, and it was important to make him hit the back of a length. The leg-spinners were very good with their lengths – good on them.
Shreyas Gopal does what he does pretty well. Dubai is a lot bigger, and I haven’t trained there, I just got here. So hopefully the boys are ready for it. Looking forward to it,” Steve Smith signed off.