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Riding high on an outstanding domestic season for Kerala, Sanju Samson was brought for `8 crore by Rajasthan Royals during this year’s IPL auction. The wicketkeeper-batsman will be joining Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Ajinkya Rahane as he returns to the club, for which he had played in 2013-15.
With the India cricket team too on the lookout for young wicketkeepers, this season can be pivotal for the Thiruvananthapuram lad, who is one of the favourites to bag M S Dhoni’s spot after the veteran’s retirement. We catch up with Sanju to know about his future goals, the changes he has made as a player and more.
Did you expect that, Rajasthan Royals forked `8 crore for you ?
I believe I am fortunate. However, you can never judge a player’s potential or talent based on the money he gets. You obviously need money to live but what made me the most happy was that I could return to Rajasthan Royals. It’s the team I always wanted to play for and I am glad I was picked by them this season.
You were selected as a wicketkeeper-batsman for the team. It’s a crucial IPL for keepers especially because BCCI scouts will be keeping an eye out for such players to fill the slot in Indian team in the future. So, is there that extra pressure to perform?
I think there should always be pressure to perform, that’s when players excel. For me, the pressure has always been there since I started playing. So I don’t think there’s a chance that it will affect me much. IPL is important, but playing for India gains precedence. As players, we are always striving hard to be better to achieve that dream.
I like to think of it as a journey and as part of it I have been learning a lot of lessons. I have been focusing on keeping, the same way I have been for batting. I am working with Kiran More sir to improve my keeping skills. Whenever I have a problem, we discuss and he helps me out. Over the years, I believe I have been able to improve, and I want to keep polishing it going forward too.
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