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'Should Give My POTM To Sandeep Sharma': Sanju Samson After LSG Clash

IPL 2024 | Sanju Samson praises Sandeep Sharma (x.com)IPL 2024 | Sanju Samson praises Sandeep Sharma (x.com)

Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson lauded veteran fast bowler Sandeep Sharma for his brilliant bowling effort at the death against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 clash on Sunday.

Sharma, who was introduced to bowl in the 15th over, kept the run scoring rate under control for LSG as he conceded five runs in his first over, seven runs in the 17th over, and 11 runs in the penultimate over to turn the tide of the match in Rajasthan Royals' favour. 

Applauding Sandeep Sharma's efforts with the ball, captain Samson took a moment during the post-match interview to say he wants to share the Player of the Match award with the seamer.

"I should give this trophy to him (Sandeep Sharma). If he didn't bowl those three overs, I wouldn't be Player Of The Match. I heard Ash bhai (Ravichandran Ashwin) say it's not just about skill but character in pressure moments," Samson said. 

Samson began his IPL 2024 campaign with a quick-fire knock of 82 runs off 52 deliveries, which included three boundaries and six sixes, to allow Rajasthan Royals post a challenging total of 193/4 after opting to bat. 

The Kerala batter enjoyed his time in the middle and was elated on guiding the team to victory.  He, however, mentioned that he needs more time to understand the conditions despite being a part of the lucrative tournament for a decade. 

"Always great fun to spend time in the middle. Becomes more special when you win the game. This time I've been given different kind of role with slightly different combination we have. Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara) has given me some suggestions to follow," the RR captain said. 

"I've been playing IPL for 10 years - there has to be some experience coming in. I feel I need to spend more time and understand conditions. Playing international ODIs also helped me. It's all about understanding your strengths and weaknesses. I'm a batsman who just reacts to the ball - no matter the first ball or the last ball."