Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (Credits: BCCI)

Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) flamboyant batsman Sanju Samson believes that it was one of his best seasons he ever had in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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The stylish right-handed batter Samson scored 441 runs in the 15 matches he played in the eleventh season of the cash-rich Twenty20 league. The talented batsman scored his runs at an average of 31.50 and at the strike rate of 137.50 respectively.

Samson believes that it was a good learning experience for him when he was given the responsibility in the middle order.

Subsequently, Samson was able to deliver the goods for his team. He has really impressed with his skills and thus, Royals mentor Shane Warne spoke highly of him.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

Samson form dipped in the second half of the tournament:

Samson said in an exclusive interview with Sportstar, “It was one of the best seasons I ever had. If you look at the runs, the experience and the role I played for Rajasthan Royals, it was very crucial. The role gave me some responsibilities and some good leadership qualities as well. To take up the batting responsibility and ensure that we reach a good total, or even chase down a run, was a good experience. I had my good times and there was also some learning experience”.

The Kerala-based batsman kicked off the tournament on a high when he scored a fine 92 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

However, Samson veered off the track as the tournament progressed. Sanju’s batting position was also altered as he was pushed down to the number four position.

Sanju Samson
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

Sanju Samson is a fine talent:

Samson further added, “I started the tournament really well, and with that kind of a beginning, I could have got a bit more out of it. At the start, I was batting at first down, then it changed to second down and I came in at the 10th or the 12th over. I am not complaining, but that is one position where I have never played before for any team”.

Samson also pointed out the similarities between his former mentor Rahul Dravid and current skipper Ajinkya Rahane.

Rajasthan player added that Rahul Dravid was more aggressive in his approach.

Ajinkya Rahane IPL 2018
Credits: BCCI

Samson went on to add, “They both are very similar in the way they talk or interact with people. Ajju Bhai is a very calm and composed person and a very calm and composed cricketer. Rahul sir was a bit more aggressive I would say. He never showed the aggression, but he was aggressive than Ajju Bhai. They have almost same qualities. Ajju Bhai never lost his composure as a captain. Despite the team having highs and lows, he maintained that composure while talking to the youngsters. He was cool and calm”.

Samson is in India A squad for the England tour. The right-hander has a plethora of talent under his belt and would like to have a successful tour of England.

Sanju Samson will like to further improve his game under the tutelage of India A head coach Dravid.

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