Sanju Samson Registered An Unwanted Record Against His Name: As Rajasthan Royals started their IPL campaign against Chennai Super Kings, the man who transcended beyond all expectations was their young wicket-keeping batsman, Sanju Samson. After shining with the bat that saw him blasting a substantial 74, he also came up trumps with the gloves. He affected 2 catches and 2 stumpings to deliver a match-winning performance.
The following game against Kings XI Punjab was a notch higher as he scored an emphatic 85 that saw him sculpting some incredible strokes and more importantly, delivering under tremendous pressure. These two rippling performances from Samson compelled Gambhir to say that he is the successor to MS Dhoni, given his heroics in the two opening games.
Of course, there was a significant challenge from others who claimed that Sharjah was a small ground, which is a proven fact and it helped Samson to clear the boundaries which would have otherwise been tight catches in the deep.
Much to the surprise of everyone, when Royals shifted their base to Dubai to be pitted against Kolkata Knight Riders, a bare skeleton of Samson was exposed. Trying to pull a short ball from Shivam Mavi, he ended up holing to Sunil Narine. He got out for 8.
His next battle was against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was dismissed by an absolute blinder from Yuzvendra Chahal with a brilliant take in his own bowling. He was removed for a paltry 4.
He posted another woeful performance against Mumbai Indians as Rohit Sharma pouched a brilliant catch that saw him walking home for 0 from the 3 balls that he faced.
As Royals returned to Sharjah, it was expected that his streak of poor form will finally come to an end but the upshot was nothing different. He was caught in the deep by a wondrous catch from Shimron Hetmeyer for an infinitesimal 5 from 9 balls.
In the process of four consecutive abysmal knocks, he has created an infamous record that no one would like next to his name. He has penned a feat of four consecutive single-digit scores which has never been done by him previously.
It has been evident that he has struggled badly and his part in the field has been excessively sloppy. Though it is still unclear that is Rajasthan Royals that short of players that they are compelled to play someone who has been in dismal shape.
His judgment has been all over the place while his attempts to clear the boundary have fallen before the line, lacking considerable strength. It is still a question mark that how long will Royals continue with this woeful state of Samson, however, the offing looks pretty grim for him.