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IPL 2018: Sanju Samson hopes to come out on top under pressure situations

With big guns failing to fire, Royals have themselves to blame which sees them in such a spot of bother.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson plays a shot. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In their do-or-die fixture against the Kings XI Punjab in Indore, Rajasthan Royals will come out all guns blazing with two crucial points at stake. The men in blue are languishing at the bottom of the table as their star batsman Sanju Samson reckons this as an opportunity for them to step up and deliver the goods for the team.

The team has no better motivation to look ahead as one bad performance from here on will make it difficult for the Royals to bag a spot in the top four. The team looked pumped up in the net sessions before their clash against the Kings. Being their second highest run scorer in this season, Samson will hope to set aside the disappointments from previous few games and come good for his side in the upcoming encounter.

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Opportunity lies ahead of the Royals

There’s no better occasion for the men in blue to count on this opportunity and revive their caravan with a win against Punjab. It could well turn out to be a blessing in disguise for them as situations like this tend to get the best out of the players. Aware of the prospects, Samson said as quoted by TOI, “If we lose any game, we are out and we know that. We are under pressure. At the same time, it is a good opportunity for us. Such crunch situations might help the team as the entire unit would take the field with desperation and belief.”

With big guns failing to fire, Royals have themselves to blame which sees them in such a spot of bother. With tournament approaching the business end, it becomes quintessential from RR’s point of view that likes of Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat, come to the party to help the side live few more days in the league.

“This is the business end of the tournament and these are the important matches. We hope that they do well for the team,” Samson added.

Match in Indore

The middle-order batsmen are of the opinion that Holkar Stadium in Indore has one of the smallest boundaries of the lot in IPL. Samson was quite amazed to see the number of runs scored in the previous fixture, “I thought the match between Mumbai Indians and KXIP will be a high-scoring one. Yet, the first innings score was between 170 and 180. So, you never know, what is going to happen in the middle,” Sanju said.

“The wicket is helping the bowlers as well. Yesterday, the ball held on a bit. It will be an even game for both batsmen and bowlers. (Though it’s high-scoring pitch), you need to give respect to the bowlers at the same time,” he signed off, before heading back to start the practice session.

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