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Personal information
Full name Sanju Viswanath Samson
Born (1994-11-11) November 11, 1994 (age 26)
Pulluvila, Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Beat Right handed
bowling Cancel the break with the right arm
role Wicket-keeper-batsman
International information
National side
T20I debut (cap 55) 19 July 2015 against Zimbabwe
Last T20I December 8, 2020 against Australia
Information on the domestic team
Years team
2011 - today Kerala (Squad No. 9)
2012 Kolkata Knight Riders
2013–2015 Rajasthan Royals (Squad No. 8)
2016–2017 Delhi Daredevils (Squad No. 8)
2018 - today Rajasthan Royals (Squad No. 11)
Career statistics
competition T20I FC LA T20
matches 7 55 95 176
Runs scored 83 3,162 2,445 4,219
Batting average 11.85 37,64 30.56 27.39
100s / 50s 0/0 10/12 1/14 3/25
best result 23 211 212 * 119
Catches / stumps 3/1 73/7 99/12 90/14

Sanju Viswanath Samson (/ ˌ s ʌ n dʒ u s æ m s ən / (listen) , Born November 11, 1994) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Kerala in domestic cricket and captains Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper. He was the vice-captain of the Indian U-19 team for the 2014 U19 Cricket World Cup, the 2013 top-end U19 series in Australia and the 2013 ACC U19 Asian Cup. In the IPL 2013 he won the "Best Young Player of the Season".

He was inducted into the Indian squad for the England Tour 2014 limited overs games. On July 19, 2015, he made his international cricket debut against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Sanju became the first wicket keeper batsman to score a double hundred for the sixth time in the Vijay Hazare Trophy when an Indian on List A scored a double century and scored an unbeaten 212 for Kerala in 2019-20. The Vijay Hazare Trophy is also the tallest and fastest double ton of a wicketkeeper in List A cricket. His partnership with Sachin Baby (out of 338 runs) in the match is the highest partnership for any wicket in List A for Indian cricket.

Early life and background

Sanju was born on November 11, 1994 in Pulluvila, a coastal village near Vizhinjam in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, to Ligy Samson and Samson Viswanath. His father was a former police officer with the Delhi Police Department and a retired football player and coach who represented Delhi at the Santhosh Trophy. His mother Ligy is a housewife. His older brother, Saly Samson, represented Kerala in junior cricket before joining the AG's office.

Sanju spent his early childhood in the GTB Nagar Police Colony in North Delhi and studied at the Rosary Senior Secondary School in Delhi. He trained under coach Yashpal at the academy of the DL DAV Model School in Shalimar Bagh. His father recalls, "I would tell you (his colleagues) to roll for Sanju and Saly as fast as you want. They were 25 year old bowlers and the boys would play them comfortably even if they were 15 meters away bowling. " "" When Sanju was not selected in the Delhi U13 selection, his father voluntarily withdrew from the Delhi police a year after retiring from football and moved to Kerala, where Sanju and his brother continued their careers as cricketers. In Kerala he was trained under Biju George on the cricket ground of the Trivandrum Medical College. Biju later revealed that it only took one web session to find out that there was something special about Sanju. Biju relates one particular game played after a heavy downpour: "Every player on the ground had trouble getting to grips with the surface, but he timed the ball so sweetly and effortlessly as he hit a six after met others. I knew that. " Day Sanju was destined for greatness. “In addition to cricket, his academic training was taken seriously and sincerely.

He graduated from St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He holds a BA in English Literature from Mar Ivanios College in Thiruvananthapuram. Aside from cricket, he aspired to become an IPS officer as a child. He works as the manager of Bharat Petroleum, Thiruvananthapuram.

Youth and home career

Junior cricket

Sanju was a member of the Kerala U13 cricket team in 2007. He was the team captain and scored a century in his debut game. In five games of the U13 tournament in the south zone, he scored four centuries. He was also the captain of the Kerala State cricket team under the age of 16 and under 19. As a member of the Kerala U16 team, he scored 200 points, not just 138 balls, in a Vijay Merchant Trophy South Zone game against Goa. He was the all-India leading runscorer of the season and was selected for the Ranji Trophy for Kerala at the age of 15.

His techniques, combined with the ability to time the ball, earned him a place on Kerala's U-19 team. Consistent games at the Cooch Behar Trophy (national U-19 championship) raised him to the Indian team for the ACC U19 Asian Cup 2012.

Sanju represented India at the ACC U19 Asian Cup 2012, which took place in Malaysia in June 2012. However, he disappointed with only 14 runs out of three innings. He could not be included in the 2012 Indian U19 Cricket World Cup squad. He was the vice-captain of the Indian U19 team of the Top End U19 series in 2013 in Australia. At the 2013 ACC Under 19 Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, he scored a century in the final against Pakistan, which helped India keep the cup. He was also the team's vice captain.

In 2014, BCCI named Sanju Samson as vice captain of the Indian team for the 2014 U19 World Cricket Championship. Sanju was India's top scorer in the tournament. In the 3rd Group A game at the 2014 ICC U19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Sanju scored 85 runs with 45 balls against Papua New Guinea.

First class career

"I have to admit, I like the looks of Sanju Samson. The first time I saw him play. Good harvest from Kerala."

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle's tweet about seeing the bat by Sanju Samson -

Sanju was selected to play in the Ranji Trophy for Kerala when he was 14 years old. He made his first-class debut for Kerala in the 2011/12 Ranji Trophy on November 3, 2011 against Vidarbha. The next season he scored two hundred and fifty in five games.

He was Kerala's highest run-getter in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season, scoring 530 runs with an average of 58.88. In his first game in Guwahati against Assam, he scored the best 211 of his career to celebrate his first double century in the Ranji Trophy. In the second game against Andhra Pradesh at Thalassery, he scored 115 of 281 balls with 12 fours and 2 sixes to help Kerala score a total of 486 mammoths in the first innings. In the second innings, he scored another 51, not from 73, balls, including 10 fours and a six.

He was named captain for the Kerala Ranji Trophy Team for the 2015/16 Ranji Trophy season. He was the leading runs scorer for Kerala in the 2017/18 Ranji Trophy, with 627 runs in seven games, playing a key role in leading Kerala to the quarter-finals for the first time.

In August 2018, he was one of eight players fined by the Kerala Cricket Association for appealing against Kerala's Captain Sachin Baby. In November 2018, he was named one of eight players to appear ahead of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.

Sanju has been named captain of the chairman's XI squad in lieu of the injured Naman Ojha for the two-day tour match against Sri Lanka that took place in Kolkata on November 11. in which he scored a century against the visiting team and ended their two-day tour match in a draw.

He is the only batsman in Kerala to have two double centuries in his prime career.

List-A careers

Sanju was named on the Kerala squad for the 2011/12 Vijay Hazare Trophy at the age of 17. On February 23, 2012, he made his List-A debut for Kerala at the same tournament against Andhra Pradesh.

At the Australia A Team Quadrangular Series in 2014, he was named India A's top scorer with 244 runs over seven innings with two fifties and an average of 81.33. He was also welcomed by Indian trainer Abhay Sharma for his temperament and punching technique, calling him "The Future of India".

In August 2018, he was called up to India A's squad to play the Quadrangular Series, in which India A and India B are supported by South Africa A and Australia A after being pulled from the India A tour of England was canceled.

On September 6, 2019, he scored 91 runs with 48 balls in the fifth unofficial one-day game between India A and South Africa A and was awarded the Man of the Match prize.

On October 12, 2019, in the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy Match between Kerala and Goa, Sanju doubled his first century, which was the fastest double century of an Indian in List A, surpassing Shikhar Dhawan in the sixth case. An Indian scored a double ton. This was also the second fastest double hundred in 50s cricket format after Travis Head. It was the highest individual total in the Vijay Hazare Trophy before Prithvi Shaw later broke it in the 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy. It was also the highest total a wicket keeper has earned in a List A cricket match with 212 unbeaten runs from 129 balls. His partnership of 338 runs with Kerala skipper Sachin Baby in this match is the highest List-A cricket partnership for Indian cricket and the third highest in List-A format.

20 years of career

Sanju was called up to the Kerala squad to play the inaugural season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the age of 14 but was unable to get into the XI. He made his 20-year debut for Kerala on October 16, 2011 against Hyderabad in the 2011-12 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He scored his first half century in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on April 10, 2014 against Rajasthan.

He was Kerala's highest run-getter in the 2014-15 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He was the tenth highest run-getter of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015/16 with 267 runs, including three and a half centuries, and the second highest for Kerala after Rohan Prem. At the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2017/18 he was also the front runner in the Kerala Batsmen.

He was the captain of Kerala in the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but failed to lead his team to the knockout stage of the tournament.

International cricket

In August 2014, Sanju joined the 17-man squad to play England in 5 ODIs and one Twenty20. However, he did not make it to the last eleven in any of the games and remained a substitute for MS Dhoni. Sanju was named to the 20-person team for the lone T-20 against West Indies, which was canceled. On July 19, 2015, he made his international debut against Zimbabwe in Harare.

In October 2019, he was named in the Indian squad Twenty20 International (T20I) for his series against Bangladesh, but was used throughout the series. In November 2019, after injuring Shikhar Dhawan, he was reassigned to the T20I series against West Indies against India. He played the 3rd T20I against Sri Lanka.

"Sanju was fearless at the head of the order. He was trying to take the momentum away, he should support himself."

Virat Kohli on Samson's eyelash in Team India. - -

He was selected for the T20I series of the India tour through New Zealand and was part of the team as the opener. Although he couldn't get the impact he wanted with the bat, his acrobatic catch at depth made people take note of his field process.

In October 2020 he was named in the Indian squad Twenty20 International (T20I) for his series against Australia. On November 9, 2020, he was inducted into the Indian squad of One Day International (ODI), also for his series against Australia. He failed to get into India's Eleven in the one-day series, despite playing all three 20 games. He didn't have a great run, with a total of 48 runs over 3 innings. His field efforts were again recognized by the critics. He was removed from the Indian squad Twenty20 International for their series against England.

Indian Premier League

He was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders player pool at the 2012 IPL but was unable to play and was released prior to the 2013 IPL. However, he was the youngest player to win an IPL title at the age of 17 when KKR won the title in the year.

In 2013 he was signed to play for Rajasthan Royals. He made his IPL debut for Rajasthan against Kings XI Punjab on April 14, 2013 after regular wicket keeper Dishant Yagnik failed to recover from an injury.

Sanju won half a century after his match against RCB, making him the youngest player to score half a century in the IPL

Sanju played his second game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 29, 2013, when he was promoted to third place in the batting order. He scored 63 of 41 balls and his partnership with Shane Watson of 68 of 46 balls laid the foundation for the Rajasthan Royals to win. For this achievement he won the Man-of-the-Match award. By half a century, he became the youngest player to score half a century in an IPL match. He achieved this feat at 18 years and 169 days, breaking the previous record of Shreevats Goswami of Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008, who accomplished the feat at 19 years and 1 day. That record was later broken by 17-year-old Riyan Parag of Rajasthan Royals in 2019.

"The Kerala cricketer's calm performance has earned him many admirers and he may prove to be one of the answers to the problems facing royals in the middle order."

- The Hindu on Sanju Samson's performance on his IPL debut

Sanju won the Best Young Player Award (later known as the Emerging Player of the Year Award) of the 2013 IPL season with 206 runs in 10 innings and six stumpings.

Prior to the 2014 IPL season, Rajasthan Royals retained Sanju. He was the best runs scorer in Rajasthan, along with Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 339 runs in 13 games of the season. For the 2015 IPL season, Sanju could not do justice to his cause, as he only achieved a plus of 50 in the 14 games he played with a total of 204 runs.

In 2016, the Delhi Daredevils IPL franchise signed him in the IPL auction for a fee of 4.2 crores as his former team Rajasthan Royals was banned for two years. He achieved a total of 291 runs in the season. Sanju scored his first T20 century in the 2017 IPL against Rising Pune Supergiant on April 11, 2017 at the Maharastra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. He was Delhi's top scorer with 386 runs that season.

In January 2018 he was bought again by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 8 crores in the 2018 IPL auction. He scored 441 runs for Rajasthan that season with a top score of 91 *. On March 29, 2019, Sanju Samson scored his second IPL century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, hitting 102, not from 55 balls, including 10 fours and 4 sixs. This was also the first century of the IPL 2019 tournament. In the next game on March 31, 2019 against Chennai Super Kings, after two more runs, he became the youngest batsman to score 2,000 runs in IPL history. He achieved a total of 342 runs in the season.

At IPL 2020, Sanju Samson scored a 32-ball 74 against Chennai Super Kings and was named Man of the Game. His innings consisted of 9 sixes, most of a batsman in the 2020 IPL. Five days later, on September 27, 2020, he scored 85 runs from 42 balls against Kings XI Punjab and helped Rajasthan Royals achieve the highest successful run in IPL history. He has been declared the Man of the Game. In the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he was the second youngest cricketer to complete 100 IPL matches after Virat Kohli. He finished the tournament as Rajasthan's top scorer of the season at three and a half centuries.

On 20.January 2021 he was named captain of the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the Indian Premier League 2021. He scored the first century of the Indian Premier League on his captaincy debut against Punjab Kings in 2021, making it the first IPL captain to score a ton on the captaincy debut. He registered the first win as IPL captain against Delhi Capitals on April 15, 2021. He was the fifth highest run-getter of the 2021 IPL and the highest for Rajasthan Royals before the tournament indefinitely due to positive Covid 19 cases among the teams was exposed.

Champions League

Sanju made his Champions League Twenty20 debut for Rajasthan Royals against the Mumbai Indians on September 21, 2013. He came in 3rd place and scored 54 of 47 balls. This made him the youngest player to score in the CLT20 for half a century.

Sanju scored 192 runs in 6 games, including 3 half centuries, averaging 39 runs with a hit rate of 127, and was the tournament's sixth highest scorer. He smashed 22 fours and 5 sixs along with 5 fangs and a stump.

Play style

Sanju hits nets during the 2021 IPL

Sanju is an aggressive and flamboyant batsman. He usually hits 3rd in IPL. He is an excellent timer of the ball with high quality punch and hold techniques. He is a player who shows light powers like Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers. He is one of the few Indian cricketers who play with a T20 mindset.

"He's a talented player. He's always done well in the IPL. He's got a good, easy game. He's strong in the fold and he's evenly balanced."

Virat Kohli praises Samson after a match against Rajasthan Royals. - -

He has a fearless batting style that was once praised by Virat Kohli. He is also considered a good field player. His field efforts were quickly recognized and appreciated by the critics in his short international career, as he does not yet have to make an impact with his bat. He is often criticized for his inconsistency and lack of temperament.

Outside cricket

In 2018, Sanju founded a sports academy in Thiruvananthapuram, namely the Six Guns Sports Academy, the is dedicated to cricket and football training for young players. He explained, "The academy is not just limited to cricket, football talent is also trained for greater glory." He was named the Kerala State Election Icon ahead of the 2021 legislative assembly, replacing Metroman Sreedharan.

Samson has been sponsored by brands such as MRF (2014-2015), Kookaburra (2019-2020), and SS (2016-2019; 2020-present). He has supported other brands such as Bharatpe and Haeal.

Personal life

Sanju announced his marriage to long-time girlfriend Charulatha Remesh, who is from Thiruvananthapuram, on September 8, 2018 via his social media platforms. Charulatha was pursuing her graduation at this time. The couple were a colleague from Mar Ivanios College. The wedding took place on December 22, 2018 in a private ceremony in Kovalam with only 30 attendees. The wedding reception took place on the same day in Nalanchira. The only notable cricketer was Sanju's former coach and mentor Rahul Dravid.

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