Sanju Samson’s maiden century means. Sanju Samson exasperates as much as he exhilarates, he frustrates as much as he fascinates. At 29, when he ought to have established himself as an integral part of the Indian batting machine, the enigmatic right-hander is still auditioning for a permanent berth in the two white-ball formats.

Eight and a half years and 39 matches since he made his India debut in July 2015, Samson finally brought up his first international hundred, in the deciding One-Day International against South Africa on Thursday. As delightful as his polished 108 was on a tricky, two-paced surface, it also reiterated why so many who expect so much from him have good reason to believe he hasn’t done justice to his immense potential.

That he has played only 40 games – 16 ODIs, 24 Twenty20 Internationals – over such a long stretch points to the fact that he hasn’t done enough to nail down his place. His supporters, there are tens of thousands including a former Union Minister critics, also running into tens of thousands, point to a distinct lack of consistency and to modest returns, especially in the T20 game, that have seen younger and more dynamic players surge ahead of him in the pecking order.

Sanju Samson's maiden century means.
Sanju Samson’s maiden century means

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Samson will, or at least should, be the first to admit that he ought to have done more. His exploits for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL have earned him a large fan base, but even there, Samson has generally tapered off after a couple of early impactful punches. Internationally, his T20 record is less than flattering – 374 runs in 21 knocks, an average of 19.68, and a strike rate of 133.57. Samson has batted in the top four on 16 of those 21 occasions. So he was denied the chance to showcase his wares at the altar of team requirements.

It’s intriguing, probably Samson, that while he has fired the imagination with his non-international T20 blitzes, his ODI record is infinitely more impressive; it was even before Thursday’s three-figure knock. Before the century, he averaged a shade over 50, and his strike rate was an even 100, in 15 matches; now, that average has climbed to 56.66. And yet, Samson the 50-over player is seldom talking about, primarily because until now, slots in the national side are pretty much sealed.

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Samson’s maiden hundred sparks attention

What Samson has done with his maiden international hundred is ensure that he retains the interest of the decision-makers. In danger of forgotten amidst the stunning pyrotechnics of Rinku Singh, among others. As far as the national team is concerned, he has often flattered to deceive, though one mustn’t lump his underachievement in the 20-over format with the one-day version, where he has pretty much held his own, perhaps like Ambati Rayudu had before him.

Samson’s been a bit of a problem child in the past, his run-ins with the Kerala Cricket Association which even resulted in being left out of the state team on disciplinary grounds well documented. Last month, at the KSCA Alur ground in the outskirts of Bengaluru, he didn’t take kindly to being ruled out leg before, smashing his bat in the privacy of the dressing room. Perhaps, he is as frustrated with himself as those who have expected plenty more from him. But if he can use this 108 as the springboard, all won’t be lost yet. Despite 12 seasons of first-class cricket, he still has age – and plentiful experience – on his side; he will, however, do well to cut out the ‘outside noise’, as his more illustrious teammates term it.

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