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A wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson donates 1.5 lakh match fee to groundsmen

A Wicketkeeper Sanju Samson decided to contribute a two-game match fee of Rs 1.5 lakh to the groundsmen of Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.

It was a busy series for the groundsmen of Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram; where India A hosted South Africa A in one-dayers.

Samson played two matches in the series. The match fee for each game was Rs 75,000, the report stated.

Speaking after the match, Sanju said, “We have to give credit to the groundsmen. Because of them, we were able to play. If there was some wetness here or there, then the match officials would not have allowed matches to happen. We really have to thank them. So I have decided to give my match fees to the groundsmen.”

Shikhar Dhawan also acknowledged the efforts of the groundsmen as he walked up to them and posed for pictures.

In a rain-affected 20 overs-a-side game, India A made 204 for 4 before restricting South Africa A to 168 all out with Shardul Thakur taking 3 for 9 from three overs. Sanju exhibited his hitting abilities, smashing some huge sixes as he toyed with the rival Proteas attack during his 135-run second-wicket partnership with India regular Shikhar Dhawan (51 off 36 balls), who posted his second straight half-century.

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