After a turbulent period where he grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons, Sanju Samson is now in the spotlight for all the reasons which made him one of the most talked-about youngsters in the country.
The right-handed batsman was in hot waters for his alleged misconduct during a Ranji Trophy match last season. However, he was, fortunately, let off with a warning by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA), and the batsman has not looked back since then.
The 23-year old had starred for Delhi Daredevils in this year’s Indian Premier League, scoring 386 runs in 14 games with the help of a century and a couple of fifty and has continued the same form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. Scoring 577 runs in just games, he has played a pivotal role in Kerala’s historic march to the quarterfinal this season.
He has scored three centuries in a row with the last one of them, 175 against Saurashtra firing his team to a massive 309-run win. Before the Ranji Trophy, he had also impressed in the warm-up game against Sri Lanka by slamming a fluent century.
His recent performances have put him in the reckoning for a place in the national team once again, but the batsman has said breaking into the current Indian team is not easy to break in. At the same time, he stated that he is waiting hard for his opportunity.
“Frankly, it feels good when people keep talking about me getting selected soon because it’s not easy to get into the team. That gives the motivation to keep on scoring more runs. The current Indian side is number one across two formats and it’s not easy to break in. All I have to do is keep scoring runs and leave it to the selectors. I’m just waiting hard for my opportunity,” Samson told Crictracker.
Samson further thanked his mentor at Delhi Daredevils Rahul Dravid for boosting his confidence.
“Rahul sir has played so much International cricket and he is one of the best the world has ever seen. When such personalities are coming to you and telling you’re doing well, it’s a huge boost to our morale and you know you’re capable of doing something big. I just have to work on certain things. You never know when your day will arrive, so we have to be ready for every situation. Cricketers go through a lot of ups and downs and it’s important to have such experienced personalities like Dravid around, which keeps us motivated and pushes us to do well at the domestic level,” he said.
The highly-rated batsman also spoke on what made the difference in his performance this year compared to last year, revealing that he worked hard on his skills and basics.
“I worked hard on my skills and basics, which I normally do. This time, it was more of a mental thing and I just wanted to go there to express myself. I wanted to be in the moment right from the outset. If I wanted to hit a six or four off the first ball I face, I will go and do it without thinking much about the repercussions, a lot of freedom has come into my batting and I’m enjoying myself,” he said.
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