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‘Hunger for runs keeps me going’

Calcutta: Sanju Samson is not an ‘in your face’ kind of cricketer. He goes about doing his business without much fuss, and while seeing him bat, you get the sense that he is batting with a plan. He is, therefore, a lot like his mentor, Rahul Dravid, who was more than eager to include a raw talent like Samson in the Rajasthan Royals squad.

On Sunday, Samson’s first half-century of IPL 2014 was overshadowed by Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, who chased a huge total with apparent ease.

“The wicket was supportive to the batsmen and the match was always alive even after getting 190-plus on the board.” Samson told iplt20.com after the match.

Against Kings XI Punjab, Samson was at his attacking best. He hit four sixes two of them straight down the ground over the bowler’s head. Aggression, according to Samson, comes naturally to him. “I always try to dominate the bowlers and I am an aggressive batsman.

“Tonight, I felt like being aggressive while batting and was hungry for some runs and I got that. That, in fact, always keeps me going. I always try to gauge my innings and play according to the situation. I play according to the field and according to the bowler I am facing. Tonight was no different.”