IND vs SA 2023: Sanju Samson reacts to his maiden ODI century in ODI series decider

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Image Credits: Twitter)

Team India are currently in the Rainbow Nation playing the ODI series against South Africa. The first of the three-match ODI series went in favour of India as they defeated South Africa by 8 wickets to take the first lead in the series.

However, the hosts made a stellar rebound in the must-win game at St George’s Park, Gqeberha by beating the Men in Blue by 8 wickets to level the series. During the series decider at Boland Park, Paarl, Sanju Samson brought the best out of himself against South Africa.

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The right-handed batter who has often turned up the ante in limited opportunities proved that he is worth his weight in gold in the series decider. He let his bat do the talking by taking a risk-free approach, which helped him go about his work against the run of play.

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Sanju Samson reacts to his maiden ODI century

Indian cricketer Sanju Samson was elated upon bringing up his first ODI century, a special milestone that he would remember, rejoice and relish for the rest of his life. What mattered was the fact that his century came in the most crucial situation, which steered India to 296/8 in 50 overs.

Sanju Samson top-scored with 108 off 114 balls, in which he smashed 6 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 94.74 before he fell prey to Lizaad Williams’ delivery in the 46th over. After India’s innings, Samson shed light on his memorable milestone.

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Echoing his thoughts on the same, he said, “Feels really emotional, going through the emotions now. Very happy to achieve this. Have been putting in a lot of work physically and mentally, happy to see the results go my way now.”

“They bowled really well with the new ball, and the older ball was getting slower and more difficult to bat. So after KL got out, they had the momentum where Maharaj was bowling very well. But me and Tilak stuck it out and went strong at the end. We were playing an extra all-rounder today, so me and Tilak had decided that we have to go hard from the 40th over onwards,” Samson told the broadcaster after India’s innings.

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