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Recently, the 25-year-old Indian wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson praised the 38-year-old former Indian World Cup-winning captain, MS Dhoni. Calling his senior as one of the smartest brains in world cricket, Samson revealed the one special thing which he learnt from Dhoni.
On 19th July 2015, Sanju Samson made his international debut during the Harare T20I against the host side Zimbabwe. But even before that opportunity, Samson was included in the Indian full-member squad that toured in England in 2014 for the five-match ODI series and only T20I. However, the youngster didn’t make his international debut at that time as he spent that entire tour as a reserve wicket-keeper in the MS Dhoni-led Indian team.
After that England tour, Samson was again included frequently for some limited-overs series, but he didn’t get an opportunity to make his international debut until the T20I series in Zimbabwe.
Though Samson hasn’t played with MS Dhoni in a cricket match yet, while he has spent a good time with the experienced wicket-keeper batsman, the youngster has learnt a lot from his senior. Samson believes that Dhoni is one of the smartest brains in world cricket.
Samson told TOI, “I learnt a lot from Mahi bhai. Even if you watch two matches of him playing on the TV, you can learn a lot of things from him. He has been one of the smartest brains in world cricket.”
I learnt from MS Dhoni is how to be a smart cricketer: Sanju Samson
Praising Dhoni’s impressive qualities in many cricketing aspects, Samson added that he learnt from Dhoni to become a smart cricketer who could make him useful in every situation.
Samson added, “If you see how he (Dhoni) manages his innings, how his temper is, how he changes his batting style as per the situation and formats and lots and lots of things, it is incredible. The one thing I learnt from Mahi bhai is how to be a smart cricketer. He is smart, as well as calm in tough situations. So that’s what I have learned from him.”
After his Harare T20I, Samson waited for around four-and-a-half-year to make his second appearance in international cricket as he returned to India’s playing XI in early this year.
Till the date, Sanju Samson has played four T20Is where the right-handed batsman has scored just 35 runs (average 8.75). Though he hasn’t impressed with his performances yet, he needs some more regular matches to express himself properly.