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“You should’ve scored century too”, Jadeja tells Sanju Samson; latter reacts

While Hooda slammed a brilliant century (104 off 57 balls), Sanju Samson announced his comeback with a knock of 77 off just 42 deliveries in the 2nd T20I.

Swati Bhatia Editor

Updated - 29 June 2022 12:57 pm

India registered a thrilling 4-run win in the second T20I against Ireland, clinching the series 2-0. The Men in Blue had to sweat it for the win despite scoring a mammoth score of 225/7 in 20 overs. Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson were the stars for the visitors as their brilliant 176-run partnership ensured Team India a grand total on board.

While Hooda slammed a brilliant century (104 off 57 balls), Sanju Samson announced his comeback with a knock of 77 off just 42 deliveries. Samson opened the innings with Ishan Kishan and started hitting from the word go. His innings included 9 fours and 4 sixes.

After the game, the wicketkeeper-batter reflected on his innings and said he was happy to play the second fiddle to Deepak Hooda.

“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.

Former India batter Ajay Jadeja then asked Samson if he was disappointed for not scoring the hundred.

“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,” Samson replied to the question from Jadeja.

However, Jadeja told Samson that the latter should have also reached the century and admitted that he is a big fan of Sanju’s batting.

“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,” Jadeja told Samson.

Samson acknowledged Jadeja’s words and said, “thank you Ajay bhai, it will definitely keep me pushing. Definitely, I’ll try to score lot more runs in the coming games”.

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