Second part of the innings was the best I ever played: Samson
Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson won the hearts of the fans after he nearly pulled it off against Punjab Kings in the run-chase. Rajasthan lost the game by 4 runs. The skipper played the best knock of his life by scoring a scintillating 119 off 63 balls. He hit 12 fours and 7 sixes to his lofty standards of punching batting techniques with a strike rate of 188.
During the run-chase of 222, the Rajasthan-based franchise failed to provide a good start as they lost Ben Stokes and Manan Vohra early on in the innings. However, it Samson who showed great composure in the run-chase. He took the game till the end when the team required 5 off the last 2 balls.
Samson denied a single in the penultimate ball and IPL’s most expensive player Chris Morris was perplexed after Samson refused a single. In the end, Samson tried to hit a six off the last ball but he was dismissed by Arshdeep Singh as Deepak Hooda took a great catch near the boundary rope.
After the game, Samson spoke about how the game panned out. “I don’t have words to tell, very close game, came close but unfortunately.. I don’t think I could have done anything more, timed it well, but unfortunately couldn’t clear the man in the deep.
It’s all part of the game (when asked about the bowlers going for plenty from both sides), we thought the wicket was getting better and we could chase the target down. Despite the loss, I think the team played really well,” Rajasthan Royals captain said after the match.
Samson was named the player of the match for his scintillating knock. According to him, the second of his innings was the best he has ever played in his cricketing career. He confessed that at first, he was not timing the balls properly and then, later on, he went about his business.
“I think the second part of the innings was the best I ever played, took my time and respected the bowlers, whereas in the first part I was not timing it very well. I took the singles and got into a rhythm and then I started to play my shots in the second half.
I enjoy my shots but I come back to the present after I play those shots. It automatically happens, when I focus on my skills and watch the ball and react. Sometimes I lose my wicket also, so I just play the same way. It’s about trusting my processes to be honest, and I did that, and it came off tonight. The coin looked really nice so I pocketed it, asked the referee if I can have it, but he said no,” said Samson.