Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen said he was “afraid of the way Sanju Samson plays his shots” and the time he has to play those. Pietersen was very impressed with Rajasthan Royals captain Samson’s century against the Punjab Kings in IPL 2021. RR failed to win the match, but Samson’s 119 still remains one of this year’s top IPLs.
“I just love Sanju Samson every year. I’m totally scared of the way he plays his shots and the time he has to play shots. His century against the Punjab Kings was absolutely grand and he was very unlucky not to get over the side, “Pietersen told Betway.
Pietersen, however, emphasized the fact that Samson must match the bat, as he tends to “disappear” in the midst of IPL.
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“I talked a lot about it in a commentary last year, but it’s about consistency with Samson,” Pietersen added. “He tends to miss in the middle of the tournament.”
Samson has not been among runs since then winning a hundred in RR’s opening match.
“It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and we don’t want this to be the only innings worth mentioning in a few weeks, so we have to worry about him only winning four in Rajasthan’s second match against Delhi capitals.
“His responsibilities go to another level now that he’s the captain of the Royals, and he also has to cover the hole left by Ben Stokes in that batting lineup.
“As a captain, you start thinking of others as well as yourself, which can go two ways. You can lose your bases and explode, but it can also free you up because you don’t constantly think about your own game.
“When you don’t think too much about beating, a free spirit like Samson can go out there and just pick it up everywhere. There is yet another reminder that there is no academy in the world like the IPL, ”Pietersen said.
Samson would like to get back in shape against RCB.