Opening the innings, the wicketkeeper-batter from Kerala blasted 77 off 42 deliveries, with the help of 13 boundaries, clearing the ropes four times during his powerful knock.
Samson has proved his mettle in the IPL over the years but he struggled to produce the same performance while playing for the national team.
The intense competition within the Indian team didn’t help his cause either. With many talented cricketers waiting on the sidelines, the youngster never got the long rope, that many thought he deserved.
Making his comeback to the India team after a couple of months, the right-handed batter performed as if his life depended on it and blasted his maiden international half-century.
Samson, who normally bats at number three for his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, got a chance to open the innings alongside Ishan Kishan and the Kerala-born made it count.
During the post-match show on Sony Sports Network, the two experts Ajay Jadeja and Graeme Swann Samson asked Samson about his favourite batting position in the shortest format of the game.
It was a serious question but Samson gave a witty reply which evoked huge laughter in the studio.
Rather than pinpointing one batting spot as his favourite, the wicket-keeper said he was happy batting anywhere in the line-up so long as he was playing.
“I prefer batting at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.. everywhere actually!” Samson replied.
After a brief chuckle, Samson elaborated on his response and said that he had tried his hands at different positions in this format and it taught him valuable lessons regarding how to approach the game in different situations.
“From the last 6-7 years, I've actually batted at almost every position in this format. So, it's just about getting back to understanding the kind of intent I need to bring.
“As an opener, I just wanted to take some more time. Coming down at no.4 or 5, it's all about power. So, I think it's about understanding the role you're playing for your team and sticking to it,” he explained.
In other words, Samson sent a clear message to the team management that he is a versatile player who could bat at any spot, depending on the team’s needs.
From his response, one could sense how desperate he was to carry on playing for the country. Samson knew what he had missed out in the last few years and he didn’t want the selectors or the team management to sideline him citing the unavailability of his preferred batting position.