Centurion Deepak Hooda elated for ‘childhood friend’ Sanju Samson

Written by Sumit Seth

The second T20I between India and Ireland turned out to be a run-fest, with both the teams touching the 220-run mark. For India, it was the 176-run partnership between Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson that laid the foundation for the total of 225 runs. While Hooda himself bagged his maiden international ton in the match, he was extremely happy for childhood friend Samson too.

“I am coming from a good IPL, I was trying to follow up the same performance here as well. I like playing aggressively. Batting up the order, I have the time, I try to play according to the situation. Sanju is a childhood friend, we played U-19 together, I am happy for him as well. Ireland is very good, I enjoyed it a lot. Fans are superb here, I never feel like playing outside India. Yeah, the wicket is different, thanks to all the fans for the support,” said the all-rounder.

Samson hasn’t had many opportunities in the Indian team of late. He was on the bench even in the first T20I against Ireland. But, an injury to opening batter Ruturaj Gaikwad saw the wicket-keeper batter from Kerala getting the nod. Samson made the opportunity count with 77-run knock from 42 balls.

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