Mumbai: Wicketkeeper-Batsman Sanju Samson showed his class last night and smashed 74 runs from just 32 balls against Chennai Super Kings, following which he said that his plan was to stand and deliver.
“My game plan is to stand up and deliver. If it’s in the arc then I’ll go for it, and it’s very important to have the intention to hit the ball if it’s supposed to 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,” he said.
“I think range-hitting is the demand for the game in this generation. I had time to work in these five months, and I think I have enhanced that ability. Everyone likes to keep wickets 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.
Samson was awarded Man of the Match for his innings of 74 runs off just 32 balls, helping the Rajasthan Royals reach 216/7 in the scheduled twenty overs.
Captain Steve Smith scored 69 runs. In the final over of Rajasthan’s innings came the game moment with Jofra Archer, bowling CSK’s lungi ngidi for 30 runs.
Defending the score, Rahul Tewatia took three important wickets – Shane Watson, Sam Curran, and Ruturaj Gaikwad. The spinner finished with figures of 3-37 from his four overs.
For CSK, Faf du Plessis scored 72 runs in just 37 balls. The MS Dhoni-led team eventually scored 200 runs but lost the match by 16 runs.
CSK will next take on Delhi Capitals on September 25 while Rajasthan will face Kings XI Punjab on September 27.