Sanju Samson, an Indian cricketer who represents his country internationally and leads the regional Kerala team and the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, was born on November 11, 1994. He was the vice-captain of the Indian U-19 team for the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup and a right-handed wicket-keeper-batter. He played his first T20 international for India against Zimbabwe in 2015. Sanju played Sri Lanka in his first ODI match in 2021.
Sanju began playing cricket in Delhi before relocating to Kerala. He made waves in juvenile cricket before making his Kerala first-class debut in 2011. Sanju played for Rajasthan Royals on his IPL debut in 2013 and took home the Emerging Player of the Year award. In the sixth instance an Indian reached a double-century in List A cricket, he struck an unbroken 212 in the 2019–20 Vijay Hazare Trophy, which is also the second-fastest double tonne in the format.
Sanju Viswanath Samson
|Born||11 November 1994
Pulluvila, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
|Nickname||Bappu, Sanju Baba, Sanju Cheta|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Bowling||Right-arm off break|
In the 2012–2013 Vijay Hazare Trophy, in which Kerala participated in the semi-finals, he scored only averagely. 2012–13 Ranji Trophy against Himachal Pradesh, he got his first-ever first-class century, scoring 127 runs off 207 balls. In the 2013–14 Ranji Trophy season, he scored 530 runs at an average of 58.88, leading Kerala in runs scored. He struck a career-high 211 against Assam in the first game of the 2013–14 Ranji Trophy season to register his first double century. He struck 115 off 281 balls in the first innings of the second game against Andhra Pradesh, and then added 51* in the second. In March 2014, he was selected to play for South Zone in the Deodhar Trophy for the 2013–14 season. He finished as India A’s top run-scorer in the Australia A Team Quadrangular Series in 2014 with 244 runs from seven innings at an average of 81.33. In the Ranji Trophy for 2014–15, he recorded his second double century in first-class play. In November 2014, he was selected to play for South Zone in the Deodhar Trophy for the 2014–15 season.
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IPL Career and Statistics
Prior to the 2009 Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders included Sanju in its player pool. Before to the 2012 Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders signed him, but he was released before the 2013 campaign since he was unable to participate. In 2013, he agreed to join the Rajasthan Royals. On April 14, 2013, he made his IPL debut for Rajasthan against Kings XI Punjab as regular wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik‘s injury didn’t heal. He became the IPL player to achieve a half-century at the time in his second game, scoring 63 runs off of 41 balls. With 206 runs and six stumpings in 10 innings, he took home the Best Young Player trophy for the 2013 campaign. Prior to the 2021 Indian Premier League, Sanju was appointed captain of the Rajasthan Royals in January 2021. He became the first IPL skipper to score a century in his debut game as captain when he did. Later in the season, he reached the 3000 run mark in the IPL.
Prior to the 2022 Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals decided to keep him in November 2021.Sanju outpaced Ajinkya Rahane to become Rajasthan’s all-time leading run scorer during the season .Under his direction, Rajasthan went on to compete in the finals and took second place.
International Career and Statistics
Sanju was chosen for India’s 17-man team to play in five one-day internationals (ODIs) and a Twenty20 match against England in August 2014.Sanju was MS Dhoni‘s backup keeper, yet he failed to crack the starting lineup in any of the games. He was called up to the Twenty20 squad in October 2014 for a single T-20 match against the West Indies, which was ultimately postponed. He was included in India’s 30-person probable list for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in December 2014. Injured Ambati Rayudu was replaced by him in the Indian team in July 2015 for an ODI and two T20I matches against Zimbabwe. On July 19, 2015, in Harare against Zimbabwe, he played in his first T20I match.