Success is a double-edged sword and Sanju Samson has learnt it the hard way. The 22-year-old had endured it all last season – he lost his form in the Ranji Trophy, was troubled by a knee injury and faced disciplinary issues with Kerala Cricket Association (KCA). But Samson showed strength in character and bounced back in style in the IPL this year, finishing as Delhi Daredevils’ highest scorer with 386 runs.
At the start of IPL 10, I worked with (Daredevils coach) Rahul Dravid and things started to fall in place. He told me to play with freedom and forget about the results. So instead of thinking about scoring big, I kept a check on my expectations and focused on contributing in every way. I started expressing more and took risks and it all paid off,” he asserted.
Samson, though, doesn’t have an issue if another ‘keeper is selected ahead of him. “I don’t believe in competition as you would feel bad when someone is selected ahead of you. So if Rishabh, who is a great friend of mine, is selected, I’ll wish him the best,” he said.