Since a very young age, Samson’s impeccable technique with the bat and cat-like reflexes behind the stumps have made him stand out. Making his first-class debut for Kerala at the tender age of 17, he wasted no time in making an impact.
In his first five games, Sanju Samson scored two centuries and a half-century, showing the sheer talent he possessed. His performances earned him a spot in the U-19 World Cup squad.
He certainly proved he was worthy of the faith the selectors showed in him as he ended the tournament as India’s top run-scorer. He scored three half-centuries, and even though India did not make it to the semi-finals, he had quite a memorable campaign.
|Date of Birth||11 November 1994|
|Birthplace||Pulluvila, Vizhinjam, Trivandrum|
|Height||5 ft 7 inches|
|Playing Role||Right-hand wicketkeeper-batsman|
Sanju Samson has been a regular in the India A side, but opportunities in the national team have been limited. He made his debut for India in the series against Zimbabwe back in 2015 as a 19-year old. This led to him being named the vice-captain of India’s U-19 team.
|Format||Matches||Innings||Runs||Highest score||Average||Strike Rate||100||200||50||4s||6s|
Samson continued to impress, and this eventually led to him being named the captain of the Kerala Ranji Trophy team for 2015. The added responsibility brought the best out of him as he ended the campaign as the team’s top scorer with 627 in seven matches.
With the IPL, Sanju has made a name for himself. He has been a constant in the Rajasthan Royals’ batting line up ever since they purchased him in the 2013 auction. Rahul Dravid has always been a huge admirer of Samson. Dravid placed a lot of faith in him during his stint as the RR coach.
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