Kerala wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson made his maiden double century in the List-A cricket during the ongoing Elite Group A game against Goa in Alur on Saturday.
Samson had a rough season, and just scored one half-century in five matches of the tournament till now, and the 24-year batsman smartly converted his stats into formidable innings.
Sanju came in to bat at No.3, during the 4th over of the innings. He shared a massive partnership of 338 runs with Sachin Baby and boosted Kerala score to 377/3 in 50 overs.
He scored an unbeaten knock of 212 runs in just 129 balls which included 21 fours and 10 sixes. Other than Samson, Sachin Baby contributed with a crucial knock of 127 runs in 135 runs which included 7 fours and 4 sixes.
Now, Samson Samson has become the sixth Indian batsman to cross the 200-run mark in the List A format.
Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Karn Kaushal are the other batsmen who have achieved the feat in the past.
Here’s How Twitterati Reacted:
Well done @IamSanjuSamson on a double hundred in a domestic one-day game!!! This man is bursting at seams with talent and talent must meet opportunity very soon @BCCI @StarSportsIndia #VijayHazareTrophy #VijayHazare
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 12, 2019
Congratulations @IamSanjuSamson. A double century in a List A game is a special achievement. Look forward to more
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 12, 2019
Sanju Samson: 212* off 129
– Highest List A score by a keeper (Prev: 209* by Abid Ali)
– Highest score in #VijayHazare (Prev: 202 by KV Kaushal)
– Fastest List A 200 by an Indian (125 balls)
– 1st Indian to score List A 200 at No.3 position
– Highest maiden century in List A
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) October 12, 2019
Highest scores by a wicket-keeper in List-A matches:-
212* – SANJU SAMSON for Kerala, today
209* – Abid Ali for Islamabad, 2018
200 – Kamran Akmal for WAPDA, 2018
183* – MS Dhoni for India, 2005
178* – Q de Kock for South Africa, 2016
178 – H Nicholls for Canterbury, 2015
— Kausthub241 (@kaustats) October 12, 2019
In transit in Frankfurt on the way to the @IPUparliament meeting in Belgrade when i get the news that Thiruvananthapuram’s own Sanju Samson has hit 200 in a Vijay Hazare 50 over game! Ten sixes, 20 fours. Don’t know if our white-ball selectors were watching?! pic.twitter.com/tnJmf6QNRM
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 12, 2019
The moment Sanju Samson completed his double hundred. pic.twitter.com/MqmbkZskxN
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) October 12, 2019
SANJU SAMSON. TAKE A BOW.
Double century in a 50 over game! What an innings! If he gets enough runs and stays consistent, then it’s just tough to keep him out of the Indian squad.
— Sooraj Jayaraman (@yoyosooraj619) October 12, 2019
Sanju Samson smashes a fastest double century by an Indian in List A Cricket…
200 in 125 Balls 🔥
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 12, 2019
Well played Sanju Samson! You don't often see such fiery stuffs often in domestic circuit. He has proved enough to book a place in national team and definitely deserves a chance. #VijayHazare @IamSanjuSamson
— CricStay (@CricStay) October 12, 2019
Sanju Samson has just slammed a double century with 10 sixes in a Vijay HazareTrophy . Well done boy
— Siddharth (@SiddiesRai) October 12, 2019
— Hari Shankar S (@mailtoharishan1) October 12, 2019
Special achievement from a special talent!! 🔥
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 12, 2019