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“I don’t want to think about my past. Whatever happened, happened.” It’s curious listening to Sanju Samson, who is still only 22 but has had enough experience in life to bring out an abridged autobiog

Published: 03rd February 2017 05:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2017 05:14 AM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: “I don’t want to think about my past. Whatever happened, happened.” It’s curious listening to Sanju Samson, who is still only 22 but has had enough experience in life to bring out an abridged autobiography.

Sanju Samson

He is, of course, referring to his run-in with the Kerala Cricket Association. Here’s a refreshe­r course — KCA initiated a disc­ip­linary probe following an alleged breach of conduct during a Ranji match against Goa last season. After making two noughts in as many matches (Goa and Andhra), he wanted to visit the NCA for an ongoing knee problem.

Since then, it became a whole load of ‘he said, she said’ with the truth buried somewhere in the middle of all the white noise — he effectively stood accused of ‘deserting’ his team. In a continu­ing theme, Sanju, back in the sp­o­tlight after an interesting few weeks in December, again made an­other nought. This time versu­s­ ­an England XI in Mumbai.

It’s obvious the last two mo­­n­ths have taken a toll but he wants to use it to try and become a bett­er cricketer. “It’s a great learning experience for me,” he says. “I am (mentally) happy with wh­­ere I am and don’t want to push myself again (to the past).”

Crucially, there has been renewed focus to try and improve his skills behind the stumps. An association with Kiran More was struck to that effect. The focus has been on positioning. “We are working on his hands and movement,” More told Express. “Most modern day stumpers show an extra emphasis on batting and there is a danger that finer details may be ignored.”

The 54-year-old, who is also working with the likes of Rishabh Pant, has been available at an emotional level. “Those disciplinary issues can happen to anyone. I have asked him to move on, getting all those negative thoughts out of the system.”

The system welcomed him ba­­ck to the Kerala fold but there we­­re question marks about how the team would react. Would the­­re have to be any Kevin Piete­­r­s­en-style reintegration ceremonies? That’s before Tinu Yohanan speaks about one of his most talented wards. “He’s not young anymore, you know,” the Kerala coach said. “The actual young guys actually look up to him.”

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