Sanju Samson maiden ODI fifty gives his supporters enough to rejoice about. For a long time, his followers have complained that he isn’t receiving enough opportunities at the highest level, while his detractors have questioned his ambition and consistency.
Sanju Samson gave his supporters much to celebrate on Sunday evening when he cracked a superb half-century (54) in India’s pursuit of 312 in the second ODI against the West Indies at Port of Spain. The top scorers were Axar Patel (64 points) and Shreyas Iyer (63).
When the score read 79 for 3, Samson joined Iyer. Their 99-run partnership in 94 balls helped India win the chase. Samson went on to achieve his first ODI fifty before being run out in only his third match. Follow stoptechy
Sanju Samson maiden ODI fifty
Samson blended prudence with aggression in his 54 runs on 51 balls, showing flashes of the beautiful power-hitting that has gained him so many fans around the country. He hit three sixes and three fours in his inning.
The 27-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was called up to the Indian team for the first time in 2014 after demonstrating his striking skills in the IPL and List A matches. He has only played three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and fourteen Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), which is not a lot of opportunities for someone of his calibre. But Samson, too, did not make the best of the opportunities that came his way.
The Rajasthan Royals’ club, which Samson just guided to its second IPL final, was among those who applauded his first fifty.
Following Samson’s dismissal, Axar Patel hit 64 off 35 balls to lead India to a two-wicket victory with two balls to spare. It was also Patel’s fifty-first birthday.