Indian Premier League 2020, Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab: Sanju Samson shows why Rahul Tewatia was at number 4?
After securing a convincing win against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson gave Rahul Tewatia a chance when he didn’t really talk. Rajasthan Royals chased down a total of 224 runs to beat KXIP by four wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. For the Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, and Rahul Teotia all scored 50+ to win the team by four wickets. Tewatia came in to bat at number four and was struggling at one stage as he scored just 13 runs off his first 19 balls.
However, in the 18th over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell, Tewatia reversed the match with five sixes. The left-hander smashed a 53-run knock as Rajasthan got a convincing win.
“I think it was the team management’s decision to send Tewatia to number four,” Samson said during the post-match press conference.
“We are working really hard on Rahul Tewatia. He is a proper leg-spinner (but) the management saw that the batting ability he had during training sessions (and) he did. He decided to send him the order. It Was a brave move. And it paid off, “he said.
Saluting Tewatia’s performance, Samson said: “It was a great performance from him. Tewatia showed great heart, he never gave up. He was so down and I could see it (but) coming back to him and There was the ability to strike. An international bowler scored 30 runs, he will be important for us in the upcoming tournament. “
Sanju Samson smashed 74 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and scored 85 against Kings XI Punjab.
Talking about his approach during the 224-run chase against Punjab, Samson said: “During the chase, there was just a way to go. TT is easy in terms of thought process when you chase 220+ Are, so it was more about me. ” Hit the ball and the ball. ”
For the match against Punjab, Rajasthan had dropped Yashasvi Jaiswal and David Miller to bring in Ankit Rajput and Jose Butler.
Talking about these selections, Samson said: “Sharjah is tough for bowlers, we wanted to add another bowler so we left Yashaswi and we came in Ankit Rajput. Definitely with Jose Butler in the team He has to play in the team. It was a given and David Miller got it. “