His performance in domestic cricket also took a pretty hard hit especially after he was involved in a controversy. He was also dropped from his own state team on charges of indiscipline committed by him (for smashing his bat on his kit).
Various questions with regards to his temperament were also raised and Sanju Samson's return to the cricket field seemed almost impossible. However, his performance against Rising Pune Supergiant will undoubtedly come as a sigh of relief for him and his admirers, as the 22-year-old right-handed batsman is finally playing to his potential.
While Sanju said that he was "blessed" to be in such a place where he is working with the batting maestro Rahul Dravid, he also dedicated the knock to Dravid and to the support staff of Delhi. Rahul Dravid, whose the batting mentor of Delhi Daredevils, has been with him throughout; monitoring his progress level from the under-19 level to his being included in the Rajasthan Royals team and now in Delhi Daredevils.
Sanju Samson said,"The dedication must go to the Delhi Daredevils management. Last IPL season was not a great season for me, but they supported me throughout and I dedicate this knock to them," he said.
Crediting Rahul Dravid, he added, "I was 17 when I was with the Rajasthan Royals and since then I have been working with him and feel very blessed to be learning under his guidance."
The 22-year-old Samson, who came in to bat at number three, made 102 runs off just 63 balls. He reached his century off just 62 balls with a mighty six hit straight above the umpire's head to Adam Zampa's ball. He also holds the record of being the second youngest player to hit a hundred in an IPL match. With this feat, Samson becomes the 12th player to hit an IPL ton.
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