Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, praised skipper Sanju Samson’s (119 off 63 balls, 12×4, 7×6) determination to refuse a run and retain the strike with 5 runs wanted to win off the final ball towards Punjab Kings on the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
RR finally misplaced by 4 runs as Samson was caught within the deep off the ultimate supply with the crew ending on 217-7, failing to chase Punjab Kings’ 221-6.
“Sanju backed himself to get the job completed and almost did it. He was 5 – 6 yards in need of hitting the final ball for a six and generally when you understand you’re hitting the ball effectively and also you’re in kind and also you imagine that you are able to do it, you’ve acquired to take that accountability. And it was actually encouraging to see Sanju try this,” Sangakkara mentioned on the submit-match digital press convention on Monday evening.
Instead, Sangakkara felt that Riyan Parag’s (11-ball 25) dismissal was one of many turning factors of the match. Parag (25 off 11, 1×4, 3×6) was putting the ball effectively when a rising supply from pacer Mohammad Shami noticed him edge the ball to wicketkeeper KL Rahul, lowering RR to 175-5 within the seventeenth over.
In response to mid-day’s question on Riyan’s dismissal, Sangakkara mentioned, “Riyan is a particular participant. He has wonderful hand velocity and nice composure. Shami, together with his
expertise, took a danger bowling him a bumper and Riyan simply acquired his bat to it. Risk and reward. That’s the character of the sport. But I really like watching Riyan play with that freedom.
“When you play with freedom generally wickets do fall. Riyan and Sanju had a beautiful partnership [52 off 23 balls] and acquired us into the sport, with the batters attempting to return in and end it off. I’m actually inspired by the eagerness and dedication proven by all of the youthful gamers.”