Sanju Samson on Saturday stole the show during the Kerala versus Goa Vijay Hazare Trophy game. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who came out to bat at number three, slammed an unbeaten double-century at the KSCA Cricket (2) Ground in Alur and joined an elite list, featuring some of the biggest names of Indian cricket.
Samson, who scored 212*, joined Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Karn Veer Kaushal in the list of the Indian batsmen with double-centuries in the List A cricket.
Kaushal, playing for Uttarakhand, was the last Indian batsman to score a double hundred in the List A cricket. He had struck an unbeaten 202 against Sikkim during the previous edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Samson’s 129-ball stay in the middle was laced with 21 fours and 10 sixes. The 24-year-old scored at a breathtaking strike-rate of 162.99 and powered Kerala to a mammoth total of 377 for three after they won the toss and elected to bat in the Round 11, Group A and B clash.
While Samson was the star performer for Kerala, Sachin Baby also scored a hundred. The left-handed batsman, who came out to bat after the fall of Vishnu Vinod in the eighth over, went on to score 127 off 135 balls, hitting seven fours and four sixes. The Samson-Baby pair put up a marathon 338-run-partnership for the third wicket.
Brief Scores: Kerala 377/3 (Sanju Samson 212*, Sachin Baby 127; Lakshay Garg 1/73) vs Goa