Rahul Dravid is helping mold the next generation of Indian cricketers which is quite visible with his work with Delhi Daredevils and the India U-19 and India A teams. Two of the jewels who have really come by leaps and bounds under his tutelage have been Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. Sanju Samson played under Dravid at Rajasthan Royals and now the Delhi Daredevils and Rishabh Pant have matured immensely under him at the India U-19 level and now at Delhi Daredevils.
Both the young men of Delhi Daredevils combined brilliantly to chase down brilliantly, a massive score of 209 set by the Gujarat Lions. The effort was all the more impressive considering the fearlessness which they batted with, playing some truly breathtaking strokes in what was a do-or-die match for the Delhi Daredevils at home.
Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla witnessed a high-flying partnership between Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson yesterday, as the duo dismantled everything Gujarat's bowling attack threw at them.
Chasing a total of 209 runs on the unpredicted surface of Feroz Shah Kotla is never an easy task, however, both Pant and Samson had other ideas. Dismissing Karun Nair early in the inning was a major boost for Gujarat Lions, however, they certainly were not aware of the threat coming in the way in form of Rishabh Pant.
The 19-year-old Roorkee-born, who took a breathtaking catch early in the game, kicked off his inning blisteringly alongside Sanju Samson. The duo then went on to play a massive 143-run partnership of just 10.3 overs. In the process, the former scored 97 off just 43 deliveries while the latter scored a 31-ball 61. With that being said and done, their partnership became the fastest one for Delhi Daredevils to reach the 100-run mark.
The ninth fixture of the Indian Premier League took off to a flyer for the visitors as even after losing the early wicket in Aditya Tare, the Zahir Khan-led side scored a massive score of 205 in 20 overs.
Sam Billings and Rishabh Pant did play bit part in the inning, but it was the 22-year-old Sanju Samson, who proved out to be the clincher for Delhi Daredevils. The youngster did his job as a knight and in the process, smashed a whopping eight boundaries and five maximum, covering every degree of the stadium and outclassing everything the home side threw at him.
With all this said and done, Samson completed his maiden IPL ton, which is his personal best as well.