India batsman Sanju Samson has revealed a heartwarming story related to his former Rajasthan Royals captain and India A coach Rahul Dravid. Sanju Samson’s association with the legendary India batsman goes a long way back. He first hogged the limelight by playing under Rahul Dravid in the IPL.
In his maiden season, he scored more than 206 runs with the help of a fifty while being just 18. The fifty that year made him the youngest player to score a half-century in IPL. The Kerala star is still with the Rajasthan Royals and is now one of their batting mainstays.
Coming to the story, Sanju Samson recently revealed how his stint with the Royals started in 2013. The right-handed batsman revealed how Rahul Dravid himself walked up to him and asked him whether he would play for the Royals.
“Rahul bhai and Zubin Bharucha were supervising the trials for Rajasthan Royals. I played a really good knock there, at the end of the second day, Rahul bhai came to me and asked “Would you play for my team?”. It was like a dream for me, to have Rahul bhai come and ask me to play for him,” shared Sanju Samson about his dream interaction with ‘Rahul sir’ during Royals’ trials in 2013.
“At the IPL also I didn’t play the first six games. I would always talk to him (Dravid) and other senior players like Watson, Hodge and learn from them. Even today if I call him and ask for help, he’s always there to help me. Rahul sir is the most modest person I have ever met who is available for every cricketer at any time,” he added while speaking during a Rajasthan Royals podcast with New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi who is also a part of the team as spin consultant and operations executive.
If not for the pandemic, Sanju Samson would have been playing for the Royals right now in IPL. The IPL 2020 was scheduled to start on March 29. However, the BCCI has suspended the league indefinitely in the light of the pandemic.