Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson smashed an unbeaten 212 for Kerala against Goa and broke a slew of records in the 2019 Vijay Hazare trophy game on Saturday.
Samson showed his class as he smacked 21 fours and 10 sixes, scoring at a strike rate of 164.34.
It is also the fastest double hundred in List A history and the highest score in a Vijay Hazare trophy fixture. He also became the sixth Indian to register a double hundred in a 50-over game after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Karn Kaushal.
Gautam Gambhir and Shashi Tharoor were among those who lauded Samson on Twitter and also called on the selectors to give him an opportunity.
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
Congratulations @IamSanjuSamson. A double century in a List A game is a special achievement. Look forward to more
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 12, 2019
Sanju Samson: 212* off 129
– Highest List A score by a keeper (Prev: 209* by Abid Ali)
– Highest score in #VijayHazare (Prev: 202 by KV Kaushal)
– Fastest List A 200 by an Indian (125 balls)
– 1st Indian to score List A 200 at No.3 position
– Highest maiden century in List A
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) October 12, 2019
— Mikkail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) October 12, 2019
In transit in Frankfurt on the way to the @IPUparliament meeting in Belgrade when i get the news that Thiruvananthapuram’s own Sanju Samson has hit 200 in a Vijay Hazare 50 over game! Ten sixes, 20 fours. Don’t know if our white-ball selectors were watching?! pic.twitter.com/tnJmf6QNRM
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 12, 2019
Sanju Samson goes pass MS Dhoni for the highest individual score for an Indian wicket-keeper in list A cricket. #VijayHazare
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 12, 2019
Indians to score List A 200s
3 – Rohit Sharma
1 – Sachin Tendulkar/Virender Sehwag
1 – Shikhar Dhawan (248 for India A v SA-A in Aug 2013)
1 – Karn Kaushal (202 for Uttarakhand) in 2018/19
1 – Sanju Samson (212* for Kerala) – today!
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 12, 2019
SANJU SAMSON. TAKE A BOW.
Double century in a 50 over game! What an innings! If he gets enough runs and stays consistent, then it’s just tough to keep him out of the Indian squad.
— Dr. Sooraj Jayaraman (@SoorajJayaraman) October 12, 2019
Highest scores in domestic List A games in India
212*SANJU SAMSON Kerala v Goa 2019/20
202 KV Kaushal Uttarakhand v Sikkim 2018/19
187*R Gaekwad India A v SL A 2019
187 A Rahane Mumbai v Maharashtra 2007/08#INDvSA
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 12, 2019
Well played Sanju Samson! You don't often see such fiery stuffs often in domestic circuit. He has proved enough to book a place in national team and definitely deserves a chance. #VijayHazare @IamSanjuSamson
— CricStay (@CricStay) October 12, 2019
Selectors must watch Sanju Samson's double ton.
— ABHIJITH (@abhijithvr8) October 12, 2019