Kerala cricketer Sanju Samson played a fiery knock of 212 against Goa in the ongoing Vijay Hazare trophy, on Saturday, in Alur, Bengaluru, and has become the highest-scoring wicketkeeper-batsman in the history of List A cricket.
Samson hit 12 fours and 10 sixes and remained unbeaten in his 129-ball innings to help Kerala post a mammoth total of 377/3 in their stipulated quota of 50 overs at the Karnata State Cricket Association (KSCA) Ground.
Samson broke Pakistani batsman Abid Ali’s record of 209 to come on top of the list of highest individual scores by a keeper-batsman in List A cricket. Another Pakistani batsman Kamran Akmal, with a score of 200, sits at third. MS Dhoni, for his famous 183 against Sri Lanka in Jaipur, holds the fourth position.
His innings of 212 has broken the record of Uttrakahnd’s Karanveer Kaushal to become the highest individual score in the history of Vijay Hazare Trophy. Kaushal had scored 202 against Sikkim last season.
On course for his 212, Samson also smashed the record for the fastest List A double century by an Indian after reaching the landmark in 125 balls. With this innings, he has also become the sixth Indian to score a List A double century.
Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir lauded the efforts of Samson and congratulated him on Twitter. Gambhir wrote, “Well done Sanju Samson on a double hundred in a domestic one-day game!!! This man is bursting at seams with talent and talent must meet opportunity very soon.”
Well done @IamSanjuSamson on a double hundred in a domestic one-day game!!! This man is bursting at seams with talent and talent must meet opportunity very soon @BCCI @StarSportsIndia #VijayHazareTrophy #VijayHazare
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 12, 2019
The Rajasthan Royals cricketer has been making a strong case for his national selection, especially after scoring a century and 91 in the two innings he played for India A in the two unofficial One Day Internationals (ODI) against South Africa A.