Former English batsman Kevin Pietersen said he was “impressed with the way Sanju Samson plays his strokes” and the time he has to play them. Pietersen was very impressed with Rajasthan Royals captain Samson’s Century against the Punjab Kings in the 2021 IPL. RR failed to win the match but Samson’s 119 remains one of the highlights of this year’s IPL.
“I love Sanju Samson every year. I’m just absolutely impressed with the way he plays his punches and the amount of time he has to play punches. His century against the Punjab Kings was absolutely great and he was very unlucky not to get his side over the line, ”Pietersen told Betway.
Pietersen, however, stressed the fact that Samson must agree with the bat as he tends to have “disappeared” in the middle of the IPL.
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“I talked a lot about comments last year, but it’s all about the agreement with Samson,” added Pietersen. “He has a tendency to be missed in the middle of the tournament.”
Samson has not been in the run since his first goal in RR’s opening game.
“It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and we don’t want these to be the only innings worth talking about for a couple of weeks. So we should be aware that he only scored four goals in Rajasthan’s second game against Delhi Capitals.
“His responsibility now moves to another level as he is the captain of the Royals and he also has to cover the hole Ben Stokes left in that batting team.
“As a captain, you think of others as well as yourself. You can do this in two ways. You can lose your fundamentals and get out of hand, but it can also set you free from not thinking about your own game all the time.
“If you don’t think too much about hitting, a free spirit like Samson can go out there and just start toning it all over the place. It is another reminder that there is no academy like the IPL in the world, ”said Pietersen.
Samson wants to get back in shape against RCB.