Sanju Samson was on fire against Punjab Kings. But his exceptional batting effort went in vain after Arshdeep Singh dismissed the RR skipper on the final delivery of the last over. Punjab Kings won the game by 4 runs. But, one instance that hogged the spotlight during the match between RR and PBKS was Samson picking the coin used for the toss.
RR won the toss and elected to field first against Kings. The latter got off to a smoky start in their 1st match of IPL 2021. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal stitched a partnership of 22 runs in the first 16 balls. Royals bowlers look helpless and poorly failed in restricting Punjab from posting a mammoth total of 221 runs in stipulated 20 overs.
Sanju Samson On His Inning Post Defeat Against RR
Chris Gayle stormed 40 runs off 28 balls studded with four boundaries and two sixes. Later on, Deepak Hooda came out with a blitzkrieg knock of 64 runs off just 28 balls studded with four boundaries and six sixes. Hooda looked in his prime and made the mockery of the Royals bowlers.
During the chase, the Royals got off to a nightmare start as they soon lost their top two batsmen Ben Stokes and Manan Vohra in the first four overs. But the Royals still had one ray of hope with their skipper on the field. Samson took the charge single-handedly and smashed Kings bowlers all across the park. He scored 119 runs in just 63 balls before getting out to Arshdeep Singh in the final over.
Although, the Royals lost the high-scoring encounter to Kings. But they managed to leave a big and scary impact in the heart of their upcoming opponents. The highlighting instance of the instance happened when KL Rahul and Sanju Samson came out for the toss. Post toss, Sanju Samson liked the coin and tried to put it in his pocket. But the match referee didn’t allow him to keep it.
He asserted that he liked the toss and tried taking it back home. But the match referee didn’t allow him, “The coin looked really nice so I pocketed it, asked the referee if I can have it, but he said no,” Samson was quoted as saying after the match.
In the post-match conference, Sanju Samson said that the latter part of his innings was the best as far as his opinion is concerned.
“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,” he said
“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,” Samson added.