Sanju Youngest to Be Retained in IPL
By Sandip G | ENS | Published: 11th January 2014 12:01 PM |
It’s not for nothing that fledgling Kerala wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson is widely touted as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s heir apparent. To boot his last year’s dazzle in the Indian Premier League and his match-winning efforts in the Junior Asia Cup last week, Sanju has been retained by former IPL winners Rajasthan Royals.
Thus, he became the youngest and one of the two uncapped players to be retained by any IPL side as they submitted the list of players they want to retain in their possession ahead of the auctions next month. This also made the 19-year-old from Thiruvananthapuram the youngest crorepati in the league.
It hardly comes as a surprise, for Sanju’s contributions were vital to Rajasthan’s fortunes last season, in the IPL as well as the Champions League. In the former, wherein they crashed out in the eliminator, Sanju chipped in with 206 runs from 11 matches at an impressive strike rate of 115.73.
Later, in the Champions League, he underscored his potential with an exhilarating 60 off 47 balls in the tense final against eventual champions Mumbai Indians. As much as the runs he made, more in orthodox than cheeky fashion, he demonstrated considerable calm under duress.
Levelheaded as Sanju is, he takes it as just another rung in his steadfast climb to donning the national stripes. “Obviously, I’m very happy to be among the players to be retained by the club. I didn’t think much about these, but I’m grateful to them and would look to improve upon my performances. I have to keep up my consistency and good work in the coming season,” an elated Sanju told Express.
Further vindication of his calibre, both in terms of technique and temperament, manifested in the Ranji Trophy this season, wherein he stitched up 530 runs at 58.88, aided by two hundreds, including a double hundred against Assam. “I want to do well in all formats,” emphasised Sanju, an unmistakable maturity punctuating his tone.
The only other uncapped player to be retained was Kings XI Punjab’s Manan Vohra.
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