Sanju Samson, wicket-keeper batsman has said his dream is to represent India in Test cricket. He has played seven T20Is for India totalling only 83 runs averaging a pathetic 11.85 but is yet to play in Test matches or ODIs for the Men In Blue.
The Rajasthan Royals star who scored 375 runs in 14 IPL 2020 games realizes he would need to be patient and wait for his opportunity to play the longest format of the game.
Sanju Samson: Test Cricket Is Biggest Challenge And Dream To Represent India In Tests Too
Sanju Samson feels a proper cricketer needs to play Test cricket to prove himself while speaking to Mid-Day.
“Test cricket is the biggest challenge. If you want to be a proper cricketer, you have to play Test cricket. My dream has always been to represent my country in Tests. But, I also realize that it’s always one step at a time, so slowly and patiently I will wait for that to happen.” said Sanju Samson.
He also insisted that although batting has been his priority for the past few years but he has shown his worth as wicket-keeper and fielder too. The Kerala captain feels the role of a fielder has given him more dimension as a cricketer. He pulled off a sensational fielding effort during Australia’s innings in the 3rd T20I when he leapt full length to save a certain six. Earlier against New Zealand too he had pulled off a sensational fielding effort to save a certain six in the fifth T20I at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
“I want to score as many runs as possible. Batting is my priority. Across the last seven or eight years, I have not only played as a wicketkeeper but also as a regular fielder. This has given me more dimensions as a cricketer. I am ready for any role, batting, wicketkeeping or fielding,” added Samson.
Sanju Samson played three T20Is against Australia recently in 2020 but could only manage 48 runs scoring 23, 15 and 10 in the 3 T20Is. The 26-year-old will now be seen in action in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy commencing January 10 where he is going to lead Kerala.
Sanju Samson: Every Sportsman Should Experience Bubble Feeling
Playing in recent times in bio-bubbles has taken a toll on the players, but Sanju Samson feels every sportsman should experience bio-bubble. However, he said that he connected with his inner self while being in a bubble and was able to think a lot about his game as living in bio bubble proved a blessing in disguise to him.
“I think every sportsman should experience that bubble feeling. We always tend to shy away from connecting with our inner selves in normal times. But living in a bubble was a blessing in disguise for me. I got a lot of free time so that I could read and meditate more and also think about my game and devise ways to improve it.” said Samson.
Sanju Samson will have to pull up his socks if he wants to play for India in Tests. The 26-year-old averages 37.64 in 55 first-class games with 10 tons. The likes of Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant are clearly ahead of him in the pecking order, but Sanju Samson still has time on his hand to improve upon his first-class numbers.