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Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 19:57 IST

RCB star spills the beans on why Sanju Samson has such a major fan base

Royal Challengers Bangalore star reveals the actual reason why wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson has such a loyal fan base over the years.

Anirban Sarkar
Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson scored a valiant 51 against West Indies earlier this year. | Image:AP
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Sanju Samson's maiden ODI century proved to be the difference as India defeated South Africa to claim the series 2-1. Samson smashed 108 before getting out and it set the stage for an exciting series finale. The Indian batsman faced a lot of criticism for not taking up his chances so far.

3 things you need to know

  • India took the ODI series 2-1 against South Africa
  • Sanju Samson scored his maiden ODI century in the last ODI
  • Team India will now play a two match Test series

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Sanju Samson registered his maiden ODI century against South Africa

Samson came at the crease after the visitors were two down. He then stabilised the ship forging a partnership with captain KL Rahul followed by a brilliant stand with Tilak Varma in the match. Samson made his debut back in 2021 and seems to have found himself more comfortable in the limited-over format rather than T20.

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He boasts of an average of more than 50 and besides his first ODI century, he already has accumulated three fifties in 16 matches. RCB wicketkeeper and Indian batsman Dinesh Karthik appears to be amazed by Samson's performance explaining the reason why the Rajasthan Royals skipper has such a vast fan base around the world.

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Dinesh Karthik heaps praise on Sanju Samson

In an interaction with Cricbuzz, he said, "Sanju Samson has been in the Indian team for many years, not been part of many multi-nation tournaments. World speaks highly of him, he has the amount of supporters that biggest players have, the love and affection of a lot of people. And he showed today why he has that.
“In a series decider, gets his opportunity at No. 3, which he is very comfortable with, comes in, takes on the pressure, stitches a 52-run partnership with KL Rahul, but it was after that, that was very, very good what he did. In the 19th over, when KL Rahul fell to Wiaan Mulder, Samson and Tilak Varma really soaked the pressure between 19–35 overs. They were not getting boundaries at that stage.”

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 19:57 IST

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