For India against South Africa in the opening One-Day International in Lucknow, Sanju Samson scored an uninterrupted 86 runs.
The right-handed batter Sanju Samson might not have been able to assist India upset South Africa in the opening one-day match. On the other hand, he is being praised for his 86-run innings against the Proteas. Samson, a man renowned for his ferocious ball striking. initially took his time and oddly tried to prolong the game. In the last over, hosts India needed 30 runs to win, but Samson gave his team a chance by scoring 15 runs on just three balls. But because he mishandled the fourth delivery of the over, South Africa went on to win by a margin of nine runs.
Following the game, a number of fans on Twitter applauded Samson for his miraculous win.
Came in at 51/4. Finished with 86* off 63. Gave the nation hope.
Proud of you, Sanju Samson. ??? pic.twitter.com/Pp0kix7PoR
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 6, 2022
That was a valiant effort from Sanju Samson. Tough luck but a very high quality innings.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 6, 2022
Top class from sanju Samson, very aggressive, very impressive, you deserve the applause!! @IamSanjuSamson
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 6, 2022
Well played Sanju Samson. Hard luck for now winning the game
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 6, 2022
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) October 6, 2022
Tried so hard and got so far but in the end it doesn’t even matter ?
— / (@LetsGoDDP) October 6, 2022
Former South African bowler Dale Steyn lauded Samson after the game and claimed that he might hit sixes similar to Yuvraj Singh.
“As soon as KG (Kagiso Rabada) bowled the no-ball as the penultimate delivery of his over, I asked God not to let this happen. Because you just never know when dealing with someone like Sanju, especially given his physique and degree of conviction. I was astounded by how effortlessly he could break down barriers when I watched him play in the IPL. Particularly in the game’s final two overs Steyn spoke with Star Sports, the host broadcaster, following the game.
“Samson knew that Shamsi had a terrible day because Shamsi was slated to bowl the final over. I was frightened when KG bowled the no ball. When the squad needs more than 30, Sanju is the kind of person who can be like Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh), making those six-figure shots to push the team over the finish line.
Samson eventually scored 86 without being defeated, helped by 9 fours and 3 sixes. India eventually collapsed to a 9-run loss in the first ODI. In a post-match interview, Sanju discussed his thinking process and plan when facing Tabraiz Shamsi.
It is always good to spend some time in the middle as we always play to get our team over the finish line. I will put in more effort the next time because I missed on two shots. I’m content with my participation, though. Since Tabraiz Shamsi was a bit expensive today, their bowlers were doing a good job. In a press conference held after the game, Samson explained, “We felt we would target them.
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