Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson praised his youngsters after his team gave a big chase against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Abu Dhabi.
The Royals chased 190 runs in just 17.3 overs to keep themselves alive in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL). Yashasvi Jaiswal (50 out of 21) and Evin Lewis (27 out of 12) gave RR the perfect start before Shivam Dube riot against take the team home.
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Sanju Samson praised his players for their fantastic effort with the bat. At the end of the match, the Kerala born wicketkeeper batsman said:
“We are aware of the abilities of the people we have in our batting lineup. That’s why it’s disappointing when we lose. The wicket behaved really well in the last 3-4 overs, so we knew it was going to be much better are in the second innings. I’m glad I guessed right (pitch gets better in second dig).”
“They got off to a good start; they were almost done with the game in the power play. Very happy for Jaiswal; we are sure he will make it big. He keeps eating (laughs),” added Samson.
The young Mumbai left-handed batsman is in good form in the second stage of IPL 2021. On Saturday, he took Abu Dhabi by storm with his all-round batting, scoring a half-century 19 ball, which is also his first IPL fifty.
“We Thought Today Could Be His Day” – Sanju Samson on Shivam Dube
As RR’s midfielders struggled to put up a fight in the last few games, there were calls to bring all-rounder Shivam Dube to the playing XI. The decision to do paid off as the hard hitting all-rounder played a match-winning knockout (64* out of 42) to keep RR in contention for a top four spot.
Samson admitted there have been discussions in the last few games to bring Dube into the playing XI, saying:
“We have been talking about Dube for the past 2-3 games. We thought today could be his day. He has worked hard in the nets, very happy for him,” added Sanju Samson.
Previously, Chennai Super Kings counted on an unbeaten 101 by Ruturaj Gaikwad to put 189 runs on the board. He capped his innings with nine fours and five towering sixes to score his first IPL century. Unfortunately, his attempt came in a lost cause.
Sanju Samson also praised Gaikwad, saying RR is ‘afraid’ of batsman like him who plays risk-free cricket. Samson said in this regard:
“Incredible batting by Gaikwad. We are really afraid of a batsman like him. Plays a lot of cricket shots; there is no risk in the way he plays. We have to respect that kind of batsmen. Very happy he scored a really good hundred, respect him Sanju Samson concluded.
Rajasthan Royals play next Tuesday in Sharjah against defending champions Mumbai Indians. With ten points from 12 games, they will have to win both remaining games to have a chance of finishing in the top four.