Sanju Samson is one of the many young Indian cricketers who have benefited from being under the tutelage of the former Indian captain and current head of the National Cricket Academy, Rahul Dravid.
Sanju first met Rahul Dravid at the age of 18 when he was selected by the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Samson has learned the basic nuances of the game and also how one should deal with success and failures during his stay with Dravid at Rajasthan Royals as well as India A, and now he tries to apply the same knowledge on the 22-yards.
“Interacting with Rahul sir at the age of 18 was really a blessing for me. I am blessed to have someone like Rahul sir in my life,” Sanju Samson told Timesofindia.com.
“Dravid sir is a cricketer and a coach who has gone through rough times and the golden times as well. So, he knows how to communicate or how to convince a cricketer. What type of mindset we should have, or how we should prepare for a tournament, or how we should face failures and successes in our life and much more,” he added.
“Whenever I am in doubt, I call Dravid sir”- Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson added that almost every youngster of the current era has been groomed by Rahul Dravid, who he revealed, used to always be available for his players.
The Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman revealed that whenever he is in doubt, he calls Rahul Dravid.
“I have learnt almost everything from Dravid sir from the age of 18 to 20 at the Rajasthan Royals and then during my India A stint. I would like to say that not only me, almost every youngster in the Indian team has (been) groomed under Dravid sir,” Samson added.
*He always says ‘my doors are always open’. We can call him or contact him and get his advice on any topic. Whenever I am in doubt, I call Dravid sir,” Sanju Samson revealed.
Samson has had quite a topsy-turvy international career thus far. Despite having made his debut in 2015, he has to wait for nearly five years to play another international game. That was against Sri Lanka in January of this year.
However, the right-hander wasn’t able to make the most of his opportunities both against Sri Lanka and then in New Zealand.