Got congratulatory messages from Virat bhai, Rohit bhai and Mahi bhai after becoming RR captain: Samson
Sanju Samson hogged the limelight with his gritty knocks for Rajasthan Royals in his debut season. The wicketkeeper-batsman proved to be a lethal attacking player as the games progressed.
Interestingly, the young cricketer from Kerala was groomed by none other than legendary Rahul Dravid. He made his debut in the T20I circuit in 2015 but played just four T20Is in the Indian outfit.
Samson followed his mentor into the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) squad in the 2016 season where he played important innings for the team in two editions with them before shifting himself to Rajasthan Royals.
The right-handed batsman scored 342 runs in the 2019 season including 1 century with a batting average of 34 and a strike rate of 148. The Kerala captain scored 375 runs in 14 games in the 2020 season.
The cricket fraternity saw him hit as many as 26 sixes in the last season. He smashed as many as 3 half-centuries to his name including his personal best score of 85.
Samson has been made the captain of Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming season. The youngster had recently spoken about the time when he received some good wishes after being named as Royals’ captain.
In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, the Kerala-born cricketer revealed that he knew he was going to be named the new Royals skipper while before it was made public.
He said he couldn’t resist sharing good news with his parents and wife Charu as he said: “It was tough keeping it to myself.”
After the news was official, Samson received congratulatory messages from Indian captain Virat Kohli, India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma and former Indian captain MS Dhoni.
“I got some nice congratulatory messages from Virat bhai, Rohit bhai and Mahi bhai. The Royals have a quality bunch of great players and amazing support staff backing them. I’ve known most of them for years; they are like family.
So, I’m in a comfortable space with the people I have around me. I have been part of the Royals from my teen days in 2013. Playing for one team for this long to now becoming captain, it’s a proud moment,” he added.