Sanju Samson seized the opportunity to shine as he was promoted to number 4 in the third ODI between India and West Indies. The 28-year-old cricketer made a significant impact, smashing 51 runs off just 41 balls, which included two boundaries and four sixes. Right from the start, Samson displayed his aggressive intent by hitting a maximum on just the second ball he faced, followed by another six in the same over.
As the captain of Rajasthan Royals, Samson is well-acquainted with the challenging role of an Indian cricketer, where players often have to adapt to multiple batting positions. However, he remains unfazed by the challenge and is ready to take on any role assigned to him by the team management. Regardless of the batting position, his primary goal is to contribute to the team’s success by scoring as many runs as possible.
Reflecting on his half-century in the series Decider, Samson expressed his joy at spending valuable time in the middle and contributing to his country’s total. He revealed that he had different strategies for various bowlers, aiming to use his footwork to dominate the lengths they bowled.
“It feels really great to spend some time in the middle, score some runs and contribute for your country,” said Sanju Samson. “I had different plans for different players, I wanted to use my feet and dominate the lengths of the bowlers.”
Sanju Samson also spoke about the importance of adapting to different batting positions. “Being an Indian cricketer is a challenging thing,” he said. “I have played domestic cricket for the last 8-9 years and for India here and there, so it gives you a bit of understanding of playing in different positions.”
As Samson fights for his place in India’s ODI squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, his impressive knock in the series decider against West Indies certainly strengthens his case. India secured a massive 200-run victory, and Samson’s performance has bolstered his chances of being part of the World Cup campaign.