In an act of generosity, Sanju Samson opted to donate his entire match fees to the groundsmen of the Green Field International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram for their efforts throughout the rain-marred series.
India A faced South Africa A in a five-match bilateral series which were held in the capital city of Kerala. The groundsmen had a tough time with the constant rains which forced the matches to be cut short including the fourth encounter which had to be continued on the reserve day.
The final fixture brought the hometown boy Sanju Samson into the spotlight who responded with a scintillating 48-ball 91. Upon the culmination of the series, Samson stated that he would be donating the match fees he obtained for the two games, to the groundsmen of the stadium. He 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,”
Moreover, Shikhar Dhawan also showed appreciation for the hard work by spending time with the groundsmen and clicking pictures with them.