Sanju Samson single-handedly won the game for Rajasthan Royals in their opening encounter against Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Tuesday, September 22. he hit a 32-ball 74 including nine sixes as he set alight the Sharjah cricket stadium. Royals won the game at the end by 16 runs to make a winning start to their IPL 2020 campaign.
Talking to Hindustan Times, exclusively after his match-winning knock, Samson shared his thoughts on his comparison with MS Dhoni and the chances of the Royals this year.
Samson opens up on comparisons with MS Dhoni
He said everyone is expecting wicket-keepers in India to be like MS Dhoni after all that he has achieved behind the stumps for the country.
“They’re big shoes to fill. He’s set the benchmark so high for keepers around the world, in terms of keeping skills and finishing abilities with the bat. Every country hopes their wicket-keeper can somehow turn out to be like Dhoni. In India, we have some really good wicket-keeper-batsmen.
There is healthy competition both in the India side and domestically. Whoever comes in knows what a massive responsibility it is. For me, it’s a good position to be in because the competition forces you to improve” said Samson.
Furthermore, Sanju Samson also spoke on his side’s chances to win the IPL this year. Rajasthan were the inaugural champions of the tournament back in 2008, but since then have had struggles making it to the playoffs. Recently, former cricketer Scott Styris said that Rajasthan Royals will finish last and the team will look to prove him wrong.
“It’s a well-rounded team this season. Also, we have Smith as captain. He is one of the smartest cricketing brains in the world. I am excited to play under him. We have good quality in all departments, a strong core from last season.
We also have some really good additions from the auctions; they are all game-changers like David Miller and Oshane Thomas. It’s a good mix of experience and youth, and the variety and options makes us capable of adapting to any situation” Samson said as he signed off.