Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain and Indian batsman Sanju Samson set a new record as the highest run-scorer for his franchise in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). This milestone was achieved during RR’s match against Punjab Kings in Guwahati.
Samson contributed a crucial 42 runs off 25 balls during his team’s pursuit of 198 runs. With five fours and a six, he maintained a strike rate of 168.00 before being dismissed by pacer Nathan Ellis and caught by Matthew Short. Throughout his 118 matches for Rajasthan Royals, Samson has amassed 3,138 runs at an average of 30.46, with two centuries, 18 fifties, and a personal best score of 119. His runs have come at an impressive strike rate of 137.99.
By achieving this feat, Samson has surpassed fellow Indian middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 3,098 runs for RR in 106 matches, with an average of 35.60. Rahane’s record includes two centuries and 21 fifties, with a top score of 105*.
Other prominent run-scorers for the Rajasthan Royals are Shane Watson (2,474 runs in 84 matches with two centuries and 14 fifties), Jos Buttler (2,377 runs in 60 matches with five centuries and 15 fifties), and Rahul Dravid (1,324 runs in 52 matches with seven fifties).
Across his entire IPL career, which also includes playing for the Delhi Capitals, Samson has scored a total of 3,623 runs in 140 matches. He holds an average of 29.45, with three centuries, 18 fifties, and a top score of 119, ranking him as the 17th-highest run-scorer in the history of the IPL.
Some Exceptional performances by Sanju Samson in IPL History
Sanju Samson has delivered many exceptional performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) throughout his career. Here are the top three match-changing performances by Sanju Samson:
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2020:
In this match, held on October 3, 2020, Sanju Samson played a match-winning knock of 85 runs off just 42 balls. His innings included four fours and seven sixes, with a staggering strike rate of 202.38. Samson’s explosive batting led the Rajasthan Royals to a total of 217/4, eventually winning the match by 16 runs.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017:
On April 16, 2017, Sanju Samson scored his first IPL century, smashing 102 runs off 63 balls. His innings was laced with 8 fours and 5 sixes. Samson’s outstanding performance helped the Rajasthan Royals post a massive total of 207/5. The Royals went on to win the match by 26 runs.
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2019:
On March 31, 2019, Sanju Samson played an incredible innings of 102* off just 55 balls against the Chennai Super Kings. He hit 10 fours and 4 sixes during his unbeaten knock, with a strike rate of 185.45. Though Rajasthan Royals lost the match by 8 runs, Samson’s innings stood out as one of the most memorable performances in IPL history.