It was a Sanju Samson show tonight at the iconic Wankhede Stadium. The new skipper of Rajasthan Royals gave a stunning performance by playing a captain’s knock against Punjab Kings. Sanju Samson scored a powerful century in his maiden match as the skipper and became the first one to do so in the history of IPL however, the skipper failed to take his team to the winning side even after putting in all the efforts.
Chasing the total of 221 runs, Ben Stokes and Manan Vohra walked out in the middle to open the innings for Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing match against Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. However, Stokes failed miserably to open the innings for his team as he was dismissed on 0 runs after playing three balls.
Well played, Sanju ??
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 12, 2021
After Stokes dismissal, Sanju Samson walked in with all-guns-blazing and took the game by storm. Sanju Samson held the game strong and steadied the game for his team, as the wickets kept falling at the other end. He reached the century mark in the 18th over as he struck pacer Jhye Richardson for 14 runs in the first three balls of his over.
Sanju was dismissed in the last over of the game by Arshdeep Singh after scoring a whopping 119 runs off 63 balls. He smashed the Punjab Kings’ bowlers to all the corners of the ground and smashed 12 fours and 7 sixes. However, his team fell short of 4 runs only to win the match.
Meanwhile, as soon as the match came to an end social media was already flooded with amazing reactions from the Twitterati on this. From cricketers, experts to fans, everyone went berserk after watching the amazing performance of Sanju Samson.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) April 12, 2021
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 12, 2021
Ek baar fir Sanju ne bohot aatank machaaya pic.twitter.com/RvxTh0ysWm
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 12, 2021
Sanju Samson's innings bringing down Tewatia's brand value. Not enough balls and runs to do a Tewatia. #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) April 12, 2021
Hundred for Sanju Samson, 102* from just 54 balls including 12 fours and 5 sixes while chasing 222 runs – Captain leading from front. What a knock, Sanju. pic.twitter.com/pebwj1am7U
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 12, 2021
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 12, 2021
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) April 12, 2021
When @IamSanjuSamson scores 25 it is a melody. This century is a symphony. An absolute treat to watch from one of the most gifted players around.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 12, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 12, 2021
Sanju Samson becomes the first player to score a century on captaincy debut in IPL history.
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 12, 2021
Sanju Samson played an inning of his lifetime. What a knock man. pic.twitter.com/2pwrccWo7L
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) April 12, 2021
Sanju Samson scores a hundred on captaincy debut. He becomes the first ever to do so. What a knock by win, absolutely terrific. pic.twitter.com/4l4zgDF2Zc
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 12, 2021