“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the Soul.”
-Henry Ward Beecher.
It was for the first time in the history of World Cricket that a player has been seen to accolade another fellow co-player of his as ‘sir’. It was in the last year’s IPL that this young man made the entire Cricket World amazed as he regarded his captain-cum-mentor Rahul Dravid as ‘sir’, which even made the commentator Harsha Bhogle feel benumb. Yes, he is the new face of the country and is probably, if everything goes well enough, going to be the new star of the Indian Cricket. To all the cricket lovers, he is Sanju Vishwanath Samson, better known as Sanju Samson.
In spite of the warm initial success in the last year’s IPL, Samson has always kept his head low. He, like all other big names, is a stern believer of the team’s success rather than individual success. He wishes to score some huge runs and help his team win the matches. This year’s IPL has not been that encouraging for him, yet he wishes to grant his team a triumph and more importantly, to assist his team in the most appropriate way possible. It is often said that he has a strange amalgamation of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in his batting showdown. His exuberant skills in his play-style generate a feeling of natural flair. Not a believer of having any sort of expectations, Samson is yet to prove his mettle with the Blue jersey on.
As a matter of fact, Samson has been privileged with the ‘Best Young Player of the Season’ in IPL 2013 in an official poll. Samson undertook his journey as the Vice-captain of the India U-19 team for the Under-19 Triangular Series in Australia in 2013. With a gradual advent, he climbed the ladder of success. First arrived the IPL, then the Champion’s League and then finally, came the Ranji Trophy. Samson never had to look back since then. Renowned as a shy personality, Samson has refused to consider himself as the ‘next big thing’ in the Indian Cricket. He enjoys his deep-lying roots, avoids going to the late-night parties and night-clubs and loves to relish the mentorship of the Rajasthan Royals trio, viz., Rahul Dravid, Paddy Upton and Shane Watson. When asked about what he has learned from his mentor Rahul Dravid, he just passed a lofty smile, like his silkier strokes and said lightly, “the Wall need not speak much, all you need to do is just observe him closely for one or two days and you can learn so many things”.
Apart from his learner instincts, Samson has also stressed on his self-improvement motivations. His quest for the better and his zeal for relishing the utmost have instilled in him an added sense of appended sensibility. His thorough mindset and most importantly, his timing of the shots are a mere reflection of what he can possibly do if dealt with meticulous care. If nurtured with care, he may be the crowned prince of the Indian Cricket.