Sanju Samson, the Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman, has expressed a desire to represent Team India in Test cricket. Samson has been part of Team India for seven T20I matches but is yet to play a Test or an ODI at the international level.
A prominent batsman for Rajasthan Royals in IPL, Samson realises he will have to work hard and wait for his opportunity to fulfil his Test match dream.
Samson played the recent T20I series in Australia which the Indian team won 2-1. He couldn’t perform at his best and managed only 48 runs in three innings. The talented batsman will now be seen captaining his state Kerala in the forthcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.
If You Want To Be A Proper Cricketer, You Have To Play Test Cricket: Sanju Samson
Samson feels if he is to be regarded as a proper cricketer, he must prove his mettle in Test match cricket.
“Test cricket is the biggest challenge. If you want to be a proper cricketer, you have to play Test cricket. My dream has always been to represent my country in Tests. But, I also realise that it’s always one step at a time, so slowly and patiently I will wait for that to happen,” Samson told Mid-Day.
Samson said batting has been in his priority at the first-class level. The 26-year-old insisted he isn’t rigid when it comes to his wicketkeeping duties.
“I want to score as many runs as possible. Batting is my priority. Across the last seven or eight years, I have not only played as a wicketkeeper but also as a regular fielder. This has given me more dimensions as a cricketer. I am ready for any role, batting, wicketkeeping or fielding,” Samson said.
Every Sportsman Should Experience The Bio-Bubble Life: Sanju Samson
Worldwide, cricketers are having to endure life within bio-bubbles in order to safeguard fixtures amid Coronavirus pandemic. The strict regulations and secluded lifestyle have admittedly taken a lot of mental toll on players. But for Samson, bubble life is a blessing in disguise.
“I think every sportsman should experience that bubble feeling. We always tend to shy away from connecting with our inner selves in normal times. But living in a bubble was a blessing in disguise for me. I got a lot of free time so that I could read and meditate more and also think about my game and devise ways to improve it,” said Samson.
Samson will have to perform more consistently in domestic cricket if he is to play Test matches for India. Despite his class, the batsman averages only 37.64 after 55 games at the first-class level.
Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant and other promising names are ahead of Samson in the pecking order. But the Kerala cricketer has the age and time in his side to be able to get himself in the reckoning in future.