In a recent movie that narrated the arrival of Pravin Tambe in the IPL, it was a clear indicator of how the veteran leg-spinner’s life completely changed after Rahul Dravid landed him in the Rajasthan Royals. Rajasthan’s tales of nurturing youngsters isn’t new and one such man who was taken in by the Royals, moulded with their blood and then handed over the captaincy of the team is none other than Sanju Samson.
Sanju Samson is the player with the highest number of caps for Rajasthan Royals and he continues to deliver in the best possible shapes. Day in and day out, he has been upholding the team’s values and through thick and thin, he has been the leader of the side, in the exact fashion that they would have wanted him to be.
This is how Sanju Samson went big for the Royals
2022 saw him breaking big as the skipper as RR put up a phenomenal show to finish as the runners-up of the tournament. They have started 2023 on a strong note as well and as the challenge for the points table gets bigger and bigger, there was a heartwarming tale that has started doing the rounds.
This tale is about how a young Sanju Samson arrived at the very doorsteps of Rajasthan Royals to turn it big in the Pinks. Today Samson who has a cult following in India was someone entirely different and had to walk through hell before he could turn into the star of today.
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Here is what Sanju Samson had to say about his inclusion in the Rajasthan Royals
In an interview, Sanju Samson said, “Sreesanth took me to the RR trials. Dravid was there. Paddy Upton was there. I wasn’t expecting much from the trials because I did not know what kind of players they were looking for. It was a two-day trial which however was very special as I have never batted like that ever again. Then Rahul sir came and told me, “You are definitely doing great. Would you like to play for RR?” That gave me huge confidence given that it came from Rahul, sir. If a legend like him says, ‘I’m good enough’, then I am good enough.”
Sanju has changed a few hands in the form of KKR and Delhi but then eventually found his home in Rajasthan Royals after arriving in the centre in 2018.