After playing an outstanding knock of 74 runs in just 32 balls against CSK, Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson said that he worked hard on his power hitting capability during the coronavirus enforced lockdown.
His remark came after Rajasthan Royals won by 16 runs over CSK in their first match of the IPL 2020 at the Sharjah Stadium. Samson was also awarded the man of the match title for his spectacular knock of 74 runs from just 32 balls which helped RR to reach 216/7 in just 20 overs. Whereas RR’s Captain Steve Smith made 69 runs & helped his team reach a decent total of 216 runs. The game changing moment for Rajasthan Royals came in its final overs with Jofra Archer smashing CSK’s Lungi Ngidi for 30 runs.
“My game plan is to stand and deliver. If it’s in the arc I go for it, and it’s very important to keep the intent to hit the ball if it’s there to be hit. I’ve been working hard on my fitness, diet and training, and on my strength, because my game relies a lot on power hitting,” Samson said at the post-match presentation.
“I think range-hitting is what the game demands in this generation. I had time to work out in these five months, and I think I have increased that ability. Everyone likes to keep wickets and no one likes running around, but it’s up to the coach. We are happy to bring smiles on the fans’ faces and we hope to continue doing so,” he added.
During his innings Samson smashed spectacular nine sixes & one four to help Rajasthan Royals cross that 200 runs mark. While defending the score, Rahul Tewatia took three crucial wickets – Shane Watson, Sam Curran and Ruturaj Gaikwad. The spinner ended up with the figures of 3-37 from his four overs.
For CSK the innings was not so pleasing and only FAF Du Plessis had kept the chase alive for his team by scoring 72 runs from just 37 balls. CSK was able to register only 200 runs in the end & lost by 16 runs. CSK will next face Delhi Capitals on September 25 while Rajasthan Royals will face KXIP on September 27.