The 2nd T20I between India and Ireland witnessed numerous records courtesy of a blinder partnership between Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson. The game was a high-scoring thriller and went right to the wire. Ireland put up an amazing fight against a strong side and almost pulled off an upset.
Sanju Samson was asked to open the batting along with Ishan Kishan as he replaced Ruturaj Gaikwad, who missed out from the 2nd T20I due to a niggle. Despite losing his partner early, Samson kept going and took the attack to the Ireland bowlers. The Rajasthan Royals captain made good use of the opportunity that came his way after he was dropped for the 5-match T20I series at home against South Africa in June.
Sanju Samson hit a 42-ball 77, smashing 9 boundaries and 4 sixes on his comeback to the T20I side during the 2nd T20I which is his highest score in international cricket. Samson also stitched a 176-run stand, the highest for India in T20I cricket, with Deepak Hooda, who became only the 4th Indian to hit a hundred for India in the shortest format of the game.
“Playing with Hooda, the partnership which we had, in that kind of conditions where there was a little bit happening in the pitch, I think Hooda made it very easy for me. He came in with an intent to go after the bowling very hard from the word go, which made it easy for me. We communicated really well. When Hooda was going on, I was happy to give the strike to him. When I was hitting it, he also did the same,” Sanju Samson told Sony Sports after India won the T20I by 4 runs.
“Very happy for Hooda. Someday soon, I would also like to get to that kind of a score but very happy with the way I batted as well.”
I can bat anywhere: Sanju Samson
Sanju was asked about his preferred batting position in the T20s. The elegant right-handed batter revealed that he is happy to play any role as per the team’s requirements. Samson revealed that he has played at almost every batting position in the past so it’s all about understanding the roles.
“I prefer batting at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 anywhere the team wants me to. I have batted almost at every position in this format over the last 7-8 years.
“It’s just about getting back to understanding the role and which kind of intensity I should do. As an opener, I can take some time and play the touch game but when coming in at No. 4 or No. 5, it’s all about power. It’s about understanding the role for my team and just sticking to it,” Samson added.
• Sanju Samson says he can bat at any position according to the team’s needs.
• Samson and Hooda stitch a record-breaking 174-run partnership in the 2nd T20 against Ireland.