Sanju Samson Smashed His Maiden T20I Fifty And Fans Can’t Keep Calm

Finally, after averaging just 14 in 13 T20I matches for India, Sanju Samson has got his moment in the sun donning the national colours as he raised his maiden T20I fifty, on Tuesday, in the second T20I versus Ireland in Dublin. Samson came into the eleven as an opener replacing Ruturaj Gaikwad who sustained a niggle in the first T20I and didn’t come out to bat.

Samson started off his knock with a thickish outside edge that raced to the boundary and a gorgeous straight drive in the second over set the tone for his knock. After his opening partner, Ishan Kishan’s dismissal, as Deepak Hooda came and clattered sixes, Samson was content in stealing boundaries regularly, both took the powerplay total to 54/1.

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Sanju Samson-Deepak Hooda create new partnership record

What came next blew Ireland away in the next eleven overs as both Samson and Hooda stepped on the paddle. Both brought up their maiden T20I fifties and Hooda went on to convert it into a three-figure (104 off 57 balls with 9 fours and 6 sixes) score while Samson fell for 77 off 42 balls, walloping 9 fours and 4 sixes.

Before Hooda brought up his century, the pair created the record for the highest partnership for any wicket for India in the shortest format, surpassing the 165-run stand by Rohit and KL Rahul in 2017 vs Sri Lanka, finishing with 176 off 87 balls.

Such was the havoc caused by these two right-handers that only the best economy of any Ireland bowler was 8.8, followed by 9.5; rest two leaked over 10 runs and over and two more over 15!

Sanju Samson’s exclusion from the eleven in the first T20I was met with great furore on social media; while his inclusion in the eleven today was met with huge cheer at the ground.

Twitter was ablaze with Samson finally doing some justice to his hype, talent and potential in India colours.

Here are some of the best Tweets on Samson’s maiden T20I fifty:

Also Read: 10 Best Tweets On Deepak Hooda’s Fierce Maiden T20I Century

Jatin Khandelwal

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