Team India registered a thrilling 4-run win over Ireland in the second and final T20I of the series against Ireland, clinching the series 2-0. The visitors had reached a huge total of 225/7 in 20 overs and Ireland came close to the target but fell short by 4 runs as speedster Umran Malik defended 8 runs off the final 3 balls to ensure a victory. Earlier in the game, Deepak Hooda amassed a brilliant ton (104 off 57 balls) while comeback man Sanju Samson delivered with a strong knock of 77 off just 42 deliveries.
Sanju Samson opened the innings alongside Ishan Kishan (3) and smashed nine fours and 4 sixes during his knock of 77 runs in Dublin. The batter eventually departed in the 17th over of the game, taking India to a strong total of 189 with 22 deliveries remaining. Following the game, Samson reflected introspected on his knock, and during a conversation on Sony SIX, former India batter Ajay Jadeja asked Samson if he was disappointed about failing to score the hundred.
Describing his feelings, Sanju Samson said, “It was a good game. The partnership we had, in that type of condition, there was some movement off the wicket and the bowlers were bowling in the right areas. I think Hooda made it very easy for me. He started hitting from the word go. We communicated really well, I was happy to just give the strike to him when he was hitting like that.”
He further explained, “When I started going, he also did the same. I’m very happy for Hooda, and some day, soon, I would like to get to that kind of a score (century). I’m very happy with the way I also batted.”
However, Ajay Jadeja also asserted that he thought Samson should have also reached the century, and further apologized for being “a little too harsh” on the batter.
Ajay Jadeja said, “Glad to hear that, but I’m sad here because I thought you should’ve gotten one too. And I hope you also start feeling that, because all of us are your big fans here, especially Swanny (Graeme Swann) and me. We would like to see you get those bigger totals when you get in there. Sorry, I’m being a little too harsh because I’m a big fan of your batting.”
The Indian batter acknowledged Jadeja’s words, insisting that they will keep him pushing. Sanju Samson said, “Thank you Ajay bhai, it will definitely keep me pushing. Definitely, I’ll try to score lot more runs in the coming games.”
Team India will return to action in the shortest format of the game on July 7 against England at the Rose Bowl.