Sanju Samson recalls biggest ‘moment of life’ when legendary Dravid asked ‘can you play for my team?,’
The young wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson is excited about playing again for India in three ODI’s and three T20I’s against Sri Lanka. He will be under the guidance and mentorship of Rahul Dravid who is the head coach of this Indian team which excites him even further. The bond between Rahul Dravid and Sanju Samson goes way back to the early 2000s, where both used to play for the same franchise that is Rajasthan Royals.
Rahul Dravid retired as a player in the year 2013. He became a mentor of the Rajasthan Royals franchise and guided the promising youngsters of the team, including Sanju Samson. A few years later Sanju Samson will again be under the guidance of Rahul Dravid this time as a part of the men’s national team. There are two contenders to do the role of wicket-keeper batsman one is Sanju Samson and the other is Ishan Kishan.
The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman recalled an instance when the former Indian captain was impressed by Sanju Samson back in the day. Sanju Samson said that “Every individual in the India A side or the juniors going into the Indian team have been fortunate to through a person called Rahul Dravid. We are lucky to earn cricket from him”.
Sanju Samson further added saying that “I remember going to Rajasthan Royals trails one day -I batted well-and he came up to me and asked me a question ‘can you play for my team?’. So, that was the biggest moment of my life, and I can never forget that. That shows how a great human being he is, and I enjoy his company “.
It was the first time in the year 2014 Sanju Samson was called up during the tour of England but was not part of the playing XI. He made his international debut against Zimbabwe but failed to perform. Unfortunately, he had to wait for another five more years for the next opportunity. He had scores of 6,8,2,23,15 and 10 against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia. His inconsistency played a huge role in his downfall, hope this Sri Lankan brings the best out of Sanju Samson.