Sanju Samson exuded the aura of a person who has seen far too many highs and lows in his cricketing career. From trying to make his senior India career at the age of 19, to making a return after 5 years, to being confirmed as Rajasthan Royal’s captain inside the Indian Premier League (IPL), wicketkeeper batter Sanju Samson discusses his career’s ups and downs on the show Breakfast with Champions.
After naming Samson as their skipper prior to the 2021 season, the RR chose the batter as their first retained player for a whopping Rs 14 crore ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction.
He also discusses how current India head coach Rahul Dravid influenced his career and how he kept a notebook of every discussion he had with the renowned Indian batter.
“I batted for two days there (trials) and had never batted like this in my whole life, it was one of the most meaningful times of my life.” The voice from behind would exclaim, ‘Shot Sanju,’ after every shot, and it was quite magical for me. “He told me before the trials that you’ve been performing well on the home circuit and that he’s quite excited to see you,” Samson remembered.
“I arrived at one down in my first or second match of the season, and Rahul sir was the opener.” I knew I had the right to hit, and I did it on the very first ball, hooking for four. Then Rahul sir arrived and told Sanju, “Take your time, a few of balls, and see what you can accomplish.” “In the following ball, I hit another boundary off the bouncer, and he urged, keep going,” Samson explained.
“Everything is still in my notepad.” “After meeting with him, I’d walk back to my room and scribble down everything he said immediately,” Samson continued.