New Delhi: Sanju Samson played a scintillating knock that cruised Rajasthan Royals (RR) to victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday evening at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Samson’s 42-ball 85 amplified Rajasthan’s run-chase against a stiff 224-run target, given by KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. His efforts were loud enough to justify why he deserves a permanent spot in the Indian cricket room.
After the match, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to salute Rajasthan Royals and Sanju Samson, remembering the time when he told a 14-year-old Samson that he would be the next MS Dhoni. In a retort to Tharoor’s tweet, former India cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir wrote that Samson “doesn’t need to be next anyone”.
Sanju Samson doesn’t need to be next anyone. He will be ‘the’ Sanju Samson of Indian Cricket. https://t.co/xUBmQILBXv
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 27, 2020
S Sreesanth too countered Tharoor, saying “he is not next Dhoni,.he is @IamSanjuSamson the one and only (sic)”.
What an absolutely incredible win for @rajasthanroyals ! I’ve known @iamSanjuSamson for a decade & told him when he was 14 that he would one day be the next MS Dhoni. Well, that day is here. After his two amazing innings in this IPL you know a world class player has arrived.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 27, 2020
Gambhir is one of those personalities from the cricket fraternity who has backed Samson every step of the way. When Rajasthan began their season by defeating Chennai Super Kings by 14 runs, Samson was the batting mainstay. He slammed 74 runs off 32 balls, with nine sixes, and helped power his team to put a mammoth total of 216/7 on board.
Following his innings, Gambhir heaped praises on Sanju, terming him the ‘best young batsman in India’ and expressed his surprised as the Kerala player not finding a permanent part of the Indian team.