Sanju Samson is aiming to give his best in the upcoming IPL scheduled to be held in UAE in the final quarter of, this year. For the wicketkeeper-batsman, the league will be a golden opportunity to build his place in Team India. Meanwhile, IPL 2020 is scheduled to begin on 19 September.
Sanju Samson last played for India in the T20I series against New Zealand in February. Since then, he has not played a competitive match. However, the Kerala player has utilised the extended break to upgrade his skills. Samson has worked hard on his fitness and is raring to play for Rajasthan Royals in the 13th edition of the league.
I didn’t want the lockdown to affect me: Sanju Samson
It has been said that the coronavirus break would have affected many player’s mental health and fitness. But the same didn’t go with Sanju Samson. He has converted the break into an opportunity for himself. The 25-year-old batsman followed a tough training schedule to prepare himself for the T20 League.
“For the last 15 weeks, I had regular sessions of batting, running and gym and I didn’t want the lockdown to affect me,” Sanju told The Hindu over phone.
“Fortunately, my friend has an academy at Kollam with adequate facilities and there were also people like Fr. Rebeiro to bowl at me.”
Sanju Samson believes that the IPL won’t only lift the spirit of cricketers but also the entire country which is suffering from the novel coronavirus.
“Like every cricketer, I have been eagerly waiting for the IPL to start. I think it would lift the spirits of not just the players but that of the entire country and the rest of the cricketing world.”
Samson has so far played four T20I matches and scored 19 runs.