‘You can never take it for granted’: Sanju Samson after beating Punjab Kings in a thriller | Cricket News


New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals on Saturday registered their fifth win in six matches in this IPL, taking them ahead. Despite his success, Captain sanju samson Remains cautious, drawing inspiration from past experiences that have taught him not to be overly ambitious or take anything for granted.
In a thrilling match against Punjab Kings, RR faced tense moments before eventually winning by three wickets. This win further strengthened their position at the top of the points table.
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“You can never take it for granted. In the last game, we did some very good things but lost. Tonight, we made more mistakes and won. Cricket is a fun game, so you have to keep your head down and Just have to focus on the process,” he said at the post-match presentation in Mullanpur.
Despite a relatively modest target of 148, Rajasthan struggled to achieve it, adding unnecessary tension to the match. Samson candidly admitted that as the team approached the finish line, he felt the pressure, which shows the intensity of the contest.
In the end, they showed their resilience under pressure and managed to win on the last ball of the match.
“We were all (stressed). The last few overs of the game against Punjab, I don't know what it is, they are always close. It was a very fun game,” he said.
it was Shimron HetmyerWho led RR to victory by scoring unbeaten 27 runs in 10 balls.
“He's been doing this for years and years. He's confident in his skills. Having Rowman and Hetty there, it was good.”
in the absence of jos buttlerRR, who were still recovering from trouble, made a bold move by sending the debutant Tanush Kotian to open with Yashasvi Jaiswal, Despite the chances, the 25-year-old faced difficulties during his innings and could only score 24 runs off 31 balls.
“He (Kotiyan) is a very interesting young player. He came in as an all-rounder. He had a great Ranji Trophy season. He is impressing everyone in the nets. We had a settled batting order, so we were not unstable. Wanted this to happen.
“Jose is almost ready for the next game and we wanted to try him (Cotian) higher up the order.”
On Jaiswal's innings of 39 runs in 28 balls, Samson said, “It is good to see him (Jaswal) spending time and scoring 30-40 runs, hopefully he can have a big game in the next match.”
Punjab Kings captain Sam Curran praised the team for fighting and expressed hope that they will perform better in the next game.
“The wicket was a bit slow. We didn't start very well with the bat and then finish well, which was the case with them. It was a really good effort to achieve what we did. Whenever you get to 150 , then you are in the game.
“Unfortunately, another close one for us, but a positive sign. We want to improve and score some more runs. We bowled really well as a unit and fielded well. A little disappointed and we will bounce back in the next game.”
Hetmyer, who was named player of the match, said being a finisher is a “blessing and a curse” at the same time.
“Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. Glad I could help my team win tonight.”
(With PTI inputs)

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