Kolkata: Sanju Samson is just three knocks old in the IPL but the young batsman from Kerala has created enough ripples for cricket pundits to take notice of his talent. His timing and some strokeplays has labeled him as a national prospect.
But a modest Sanju doesn't want to think that far and wants to stay rooted with the present job in hand. "All I'm thinking at the moment is about Rajasthan Royals' games ahead. I want to make meaningful contributions for the side and help them win," said the wicket-keeper-batsman after his team Rajasthan Royals eight-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.
He was the top-scorer in the match with a 36-ball 40 that helped Rajasthan reach 132, but Sanju said Eden Gardens wicket was tought to bat on. "We all know that the Eden wicket is a bit slow. We were ready for the challenge, but it was a bit difficult to bat on. We applied ourselves according to the nature of the wicket. Unfortunately, we lost wickets early on in our innings."
However, Sanju is also relishing playing some top spinners like Sunil Narine, Sachitra Senanayake and gaining a lot from the experience in his first IPL season. "It was a great experience to face Narine and Senanayake. I was wary of the challenge, and I will play them better the next time I face them. I am fortunate to face a variety of bowlers in the tournament. I have never faced so many types of bowlers and this IPL experience will only help me do well in the future," Sanju said to iplt20 website.
When asked about the away record of Rajasthan, which is not up to the mark, Sanju said: "We are not worried about our away record or dominance at home. We just want to play the right cricket at the right time. We are not worried about the result. What matters is to give your 100 per cent on the field."
He has got limited chances in the tournament but has grabbed it with both hands - scoring an unbeaten 27 against Kings XI Punjab and then a 63 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In all his three innings, Sanju has also showed attacking temperament and credits Rahul Dravid, team management for his success.
"I love to attack. I always try to play according to the needs of my team. Rahul Dravid backs me a lot. He is giving me the right advice at the right time. The team management has also backed my abilities, which is the reason why I am able to play freely," Sanju said.
With the sixth edition halfway through Sanju wants to make it big with the chances he gets to play for Rajasthan."IPL is a big stage, where players get to express themselves. I try to take in as much knowledge as possible from the senior pros in the team. I always ask them about my game and take valuable inputs so that I can improve my game. It is a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills and I want to make the most of it," Sanju concluded.