Kerala: a land known for idyllic surroundings and breathtaking views has never been known for producing international cricketers.
But, Kerala boy Sanju Samson has been in the fray for quite a long time and has always come up with some special innings especially in the IPL. Many experts feel that he can easily play for India at least in the shorter form of the game. But, the problem in the case of Samson is that such talks have been around since the time he burst on the scene.
His explosive style of play and calm demeanour augurs well for the future. But, only time will tell whether that future is for India, Rajasthan Royals or some other IPL franchise.
Samson’s latest blitzkrieg against the Royal Challengers Bangalore was a strong statement of his hitting prowess and strong temperament.
It’s sad that one hasn’t had the chance to see much of Sanju Samson in national colours, other than his 2015 T20 debut, a one-off contest in Zimbabwe. But, it could be said, the greatest ability of Sanju Samson is his capability to hit straight and clean. His sparkling IPL career has seen him churn out some really impactful knocks for Rajasthan Royals and thereby winning the confidence of Royals’ mentor, Shane Warne.
But, amidst Samson’s latest heroics the same question again looms large: When will Sanju Samson play for India?
The answer to the question can be given by Samson himself and whether he has a burning desire to wear the blue jersey. And if there’s anyone else, then it is certainly the body entrusted with the upkeep of Indian cricket’s future: the all mighty BCCI.
Being also a wicketkeeper makes people Sanju Samson a natural fit for Mahendra Singh Dhoni void, whenever it presents us fans with a grim face.
But, it is easier said than done. The likes of Rishabh Pant and a revamped Dinesh Karthik are eying the same spot. Samson’s sojourn, you ought to admit, is only going to get tougher, even as you consider that he’s all but 23.
Samson’s belligerent knocks are undoubtedly enjoyed by all and sundry but it also gives rise to an anticipation as to when he might be able to do the same donning the bright blues.
Samson had a forgettable debut in a Twenty 20 International against Zimbabwe in 2015. The question has to be asked whether the Indian selectors missed a trick by not drafting him into the squad especially against some of the weaker sides like Sri Lanka.
Samson also has to his credit the feat of being the youngest cricketer to captain a Ranji Trophy side. You understand his potential when you take into consideration this rarity in a sphere where greats like Amol Mazumdar, Paras Mhambrey and the likes have graced the Ranji.
There’s little doubt regarding Samson’s potential and that special ability to collect runs quickly. But the ardent fan of Indian Cricket will like him to represent India and translate his talent into performance that too for the national side.
So, will he rise like Samson Agonistes and display his unsurmountable strength?
Only time will tell. And of course, BCCI.