Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo: Twitter)

The 27-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, while talking about the impact of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on his career, said it has changed his “perspective towards cricket”.

Sanju Samson was appointed as the skipper of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) franchise ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Samson failed to leave a big impact as a skipper in the IPL 2021, but in the IPL 2022, he led the team to the final of the tournament. RR won 9 out of 14 games in the Indian Premier League 2022.

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Sanju Samson and Hardik Pandya, IPL 2022, GT vs RR
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Ahead of the third ODI of the three-match ODI series between the India National Cricket Team and  Zimbabwe National Cricket Team, Sanju Samson said that the captaincy responsibility in the IPL helped him to bring out a different mindset. He said:

“It has changed my perspective towards cricket. Earlier I used to think only about my batting, my game. Captaincy helps bring a different mindset – think about others as well apart from your game.”

The wicketkeeper-batsman further said that he is surprised to see his huge fan following, despite playing very few international games for the India National Cricket Team.

“I feel surprised [on his fan following] that despite playing very little for India, I get good support.

“I feel there are a lot more Malayalis as I hear cheers of “Chetta, Chetta” which makes me feel proud,” Sanju Samson said while speaking to Rohan Gavaskar ahead of the commencement of the 3rd ODI against Zimbabwe, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

I was really pumped up to be there in pressure situation – Sanju Samson on the 2nd ODI vs Zimbabwe

IND vs ZIM: “It Has Changed My Perspective Towards Cricket” – Sanju Samson On The Impact Of IPL On His Career
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In the second ODI between India and Zimbabwe, Samson won the Player of the Match award for his brilliant batting and wicket-keeping performance.

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Notably, Samson finished off the match in style by smashing a brilliant six to Innocent Kaia and he was able to score 43 runs off 39 balls, including 3 fours and 4 sixes.

While talking about the second ODI, he said that he was pumped up to be in a pressure situation and enjoyed his time in the middle. He asserted:

“I was really pumped up to be there in pressure situation and they were also bowling well. I really enjoyed the time in the middle. I am a believer that whatever you go through in your career, you have to take it in a positive manner. 

“I really enjoyed playing domestic cricket in the last four-five years. It is challenging to do well there and that has made me be a better player.”

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo: Twitter)

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