IPL 2020, RR vs KXIP: Gautam Gambhir tweeted “Next MS Dhoni” on Shashi Tharoor’s Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson starred for Rajasthan Royals, as he defeated Kings XI Punjab in a thrilling IPL 2020 encounter at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday night. The stylish wicketkeeper-batsman scored 85 runs in just 42 balls, including four fours and seven sixes, as the Rajasthan Royals chased the most runs in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After the match, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to salute the Rajasthan Royals and Sanju Samson, recalling the time when he told 14-year-old Samson that he would be the next MS Dhoni. In response to Tharoor’s tweet, former India cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir wrote that Samson “does not have to be with anyone next”.
What an absolutely incredible victory @rajasthanroyals ! I know @iamSanjuSamson For a decade and told him that when he was 14 years old he would one day be MS Dhoni the next. Well, that day is here. After his two amazing innings in this IPL, you know that a world class player has arrived.
– Shashi Tharoor (@ Shashi Tharoor) 27 September 2020
Sanju Samson needs none next. He will be ‘Sanju Samson’ of Indian cricket. https://t.co/xUBmQILBXv
– Gautam Gambhir (@ Gautam Gambhir) 27 September 2020
s. Sreesanth also counted Tharoor saying, “He is not the next Dhoni, this is @IamSanjuSamson the One and Only (sic)”.
He is not a dhoni @IamSanjuSamson One and only.he should have played regularly in all formats since 2015. People did not compare him, if he had given the right opportunities, he would have been playing for India this way and would have won the World Cup.
– Sreesanth (@ sreesanth36) September 28, 2020
Rajasthan Royals have won both the matches they have played so far in the IPL 2020, with Samson playing a central role in the two wins.
RR managed to cross the 200-run barrier on both occasions. In Rajasthan’s opening match against Chennai Super Kings, Samson smashed a brilliant 74 off 32 balls (1 four and 9 sixes), helping his team score a total of 216 for seven in their 20 overs.
Rajasthan once again played another brilliant innings, chasing 224 runs to win.
With RR captain Steve Smith, Samson added 81 runs for the second wicket after Jos Buttler was dismissed early.
After Smith was dismissed, the pressure increased on Samson with Rahul Tewatia struggling to get the boundary. The Kerala batsman kept on taking the bowlers’ help to keep Rajasthan in the game but fell in the 17th over.
Fortunately, for Rajasthan, Teotia, who at one time scored 8 runs off 19 balls, found her limit. The all-rounder hit five sixes in an over to give his team a touch distance.
In the end, Tom Curren hit a four with three balls to bring Rajasthan to the line.