The inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals have emerged as one of the top contenders for the IPL 2022 edition due to their solid batting and bowling performances. Sanju Samson came out as one of the successful skippers in the edition as he has been leading the side quite comfortably, and the wicket-keeper batter is at the receiving end of a lot of appreciation.
In his recent appearance at Breakfast with Champions, Sanju Samson revealed shocking details about his struggle during his childhood time. “When my father used to take me out for trials, few kids used to call us out by saying, ‘Wo dekh Tendulkar aur uska baap ja rahe hi’, ye khelega cricket.’ Sanju further narrated that those moments pushed him hard to do well and kept him going during his training sessions. The wicket-keeper batter also revealed that he started playing for Delhi but after failing to get selected in a couple of trials, his father immediately decided to take voluntary retirement from a government job and reallocate family to Kerala.
“My father suggested that I give trials from Kerala, so we moved there,” he said. Sanju also shed light on his lean phase when he was missing from the national squad and dropped from the Kerala squad. “I made my debut at the age of 20, and when I was 25, I was again selected to play for the Indian team. Those five years were the most challenging time for me. I was even dropped from the Kerala side, and then you face a lot of doubt within yourself, thinking, Sanju can you come back. If you are realistic and honest, you go through such time.”
Sanju also revealed that once he threw his bat in Brabourne’s dressing room and went to Marine Drive. “I was disappointed with myself. I threw my bat in the dressing room and went to Marine Drive. I sat there and evaluated what I was doing wrong and came back stronger,” he concluded.