Samson played a crucial knock for Hardik Pandya-led Team India as the visitors secured an impressive win in the series decider at The Village | Photo: BCCI
- Sanju Samson made a sensational comeback in the series decider between India and Ireland.
- Samson smashed his maiden half-century in the 2nd T20I.
- Samson and Deepak Hooda shattered the partnership record for India in T20I cricket.
Despite making his international debut in 2015, India's Sanju Samson has been in and out of the Indian squad for several years. Samson, who guided Rajasthan Royals (RR) to the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, returned to the fold for the T20I series between India and hosts Ireland. Making a sensational comeback to the Indian side, Samson played a crucial knock for Hardik Pandya-led Team India as the visitors secured an impressive win in the series decider at The Village.
Replacing injured opener Ruturaj Gaikwad in the playing XI, power-hitter Samson joined forces with an in-form Deepak Hooda as the batting duo shattered multiple records in the high-scoring contest between India and Ireland. After guiding India to a series win over Ireland, Samson joined Hooda for a freewheeling conversation. During the fun interaction organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Samson reflected on his performance against Ireland in the recently concluded T20I series.
The RR skipper scored his maiden half-century for India in the series decider against Ireland at Dublin."Feeling is really good (after maiden fifty). Made my debut 9-10 years ago, dus saal hogaye aisa lag raha hai (laughs). Very happy to spend some time in the middle, understand the role and build the partnership with you and the real happiness was after we won the game," Samson said.
Samson and Hooda registered India's highest partnership in the shortest format on Sunday. The Indian batting stitched a record 176-run partnership against Ireland. While Samson scored a sublime 77 off 42 balls, Hooda smashed his maiden century as India defeated Ireland by 4 runs. "Was surely nervous in the nineties but as we discussed in the middle that we would continue to play instinctive cricket, so it turned out well," Hooda added. Indian batter Hooda was also named the Player of the Series.