Sanju Samson lit up IPL 2019 with a sensational century, the first of this season. The 24-year-old was in sparkling form, carting the SunRisers Hyderabad bowlers to all parts of the ground. This was Sanju Samson’s second IPL century, helping him join an elite list of Indian batsmen with more than one IPL hundred.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir were the two main architects of India’s World Cup final victory against Sri Lanka in 2011. But there has been an undercurrent of tension between the two since although both, especially Gambhir, dismissed any claim stating the same. Now, Gambhir has come up with another statement that has left Dhoni fans upset.
Following Sanju Samson’s fantastic century against SunRisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League on Friday, March 29, Gambhir was all praise for the Rajasthan Royals player and called him the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the country at the moment.
Sanju Samson remained unbeaten on 102 that came off just 55 balls with the help of 10 fours and four hits over the fence. Gautam Gambhir was all praise for the Rajasthan Royals star and paid him the ultimate compliment when he dubbed him “the best Wicketkeeper batsman in India”.
Gautam Gambhir also backed Sanju Samson to get into the India World Cup 2019 squad, saying he should get the much-talked about No.4 spot in the batting order.
“I normally don’t like to talk about individuals in cricket. But seeing his skills I am glad to note that Sanju Samson is currently the best Wicketkeeper batsman in India. For me he should be batting number 4 in the World Cup,” Gambhir said in a tweet.
I normally don’t like to talk about individuals in cricket. But seeing his skills I am glad to note that Sanju Samson is currently the best Wicketkeeper batsman in India. For me he should be batting number 4 in the World Cup @BCCI @rajasthanroyals @IPL @StarSportsIndia
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 29, 2019
Gambhir comments might come as a surprise for many. While MS Dhoni is not the force he once was with the bat hand, he remains India’s number one wicketkeeper and is a sure-shot starter for India in the World Cup in England and Wales.
Here’s how Dhoni fans reacted to the tweet of Gambhir :
This is Your jealously with Dhoni speaking
— भाईसाहब (@Bhai_saheb) March 29, 2019
We all know that you are always against Dhoni. Anyhow @BCCI won’t consider your thoughts and comments. Thank you for your time. 😂😂😂
— ©️hã®️łįë (@vctwitz) March 29, 2019
Yes, he should be batting number 4 in the 2023 world Cup.
— SocialSaint (@isocialsaint) March 29, 2019
*best 4th batsman, not best “wicketkeeper” batsman!! No one can replace Dhoni.
Requesting @narendramodi to hand him some work in Delhi BJP, keep him out of IPL. 😡😡
— Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) March 29, 2019
Isn’t this unfair to Rayudu now GG. I heard you said Rayudu has been treated unfairly a few days back lol. FYI, Samson’s list A average is 27. Never did enough to get in the team. You can do better than this lol. C’mon
— Saurabh (@imsgshinde2) March 29, 2019
அட்வைஸ், ஐடியாலாம் கட்சிக்குள்ள வச்சுக்கணும். கிரிக்கெட் பக்கம்லாம் இனி நீ வரக்கூடாது pic.twitter.com/K8FPQBiHpb
— ஜோக்கர்… 😎😎 (@ItsJokker) March 29, 2019
நாய் கொலைக்குது உன்னலாம் டீம விட்டு தூக்குனது தப்பே இல்லடா 😂
— CSK🔰SYEDABU™ (@ThalaSyed005) March 29, 2019
King of Jealousy. Idiot don’t you have common sense ? MSD is the world’s best keeper even you know this but your intention is to insult MSD . Yaaaaaak Thu .
— సూరపు శాంతారామ్ (@surapusantharam) March 29, 2019
I am from KERALA and I am a big fan of Sanju Samson. MSD is the world’s best keeper even you know this but your intention is to insult Dhoni. After you join BJP you lost your common sense also.
— Shefeeque Pazhamalloor (@ShefeequeP) March 30, 2019
Where were you one month back? Now if gets out for duck in next 3 successive matches. What you’ll say? He shouldn’t go to Eng? Or If @RishabPant777 plays good cricket. You’ll then shout for him then? It’s chameleon-like behaviour.
— Nadim Hasan (@imnadim12) March 29, 2019
நீ நார்மலா இருந்திருந்தா நாங்களாச்சும் மறைமுக ஆதரவு தந்திருப்போம் இப்ப நீ முழு சங்கியா மாறியிருக்க மயிரா கூட மதிக்க மாட்டோம்
~ கோலி வடசென்னை படை https://t.co/n968E1QYpq
— RCB’s G.Ѳ.А.T (@iParth_) March 30, 2019
O**a p****a, innum vanma thoda suthitu iru pic.twitter.com/Hytb1k7ARf
— SF (@MD10Shareef) March 29, 2019
இந்த வாய் புண்டைக்கு தான் எவனும் டீம்ல எடுக்கல
— சிஎஸ்கே ஜேக்டேனியல் (@mepollathavan) March 29, 2019
While Rishabh Pant has failed to take his chances in Twenty20 Internationals, averaging just 19.42 in 15 matches, he has been explosive in the Indian Premier League.
The left-hander has played 40 IPL matches, scoring 1,351 runs at an average of 37.53 and a strike-rate of 167.41. He has nine half-centuries and one hundred to his name.
In contrast, Sanju Samson has played 83 IPL matches, scoring 1,999 at an average of 28.15 and a strike-rate of 129.3. Samson has hit two IPL hundreds and 10 fifties.