Quadrangular A-Team One-Day Series, Darwin August 2, 2014

'Samson the future for India'


Sanju Samson is "definitely the future" for India, according to his India A fielding and wicketkeeping coach Abhay Sharma. Samson, who turns 20 in November, was the leading run-getter for India A in their victorious campaign in the quadrangular one-day series in Darwin, Australia, with 244 runs from seven matches.

"He is definitely the future for the country," Abhay told ESPNcricinfo. "As a batsman, he is a very sensible player. He understands situations and adapts his game to them. His innings against Australia A in the opening match was outstanding. He took us close in a game we had almost lost."

Samson came in at 70 for 4 in a chase of 253, and saw his side slip further to 84 for 6. He responded with an 81 that brought down the equation to 29 needed off 23 before he was last man out. Though he failed in the final, he guided India A home in successive chases before that with scores of 55 and 49, both unbeaten.

Samson, who has been prolific at Under-19 tournaments, also had a productive season with Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2014 with 339 runs at an average of 26.07 and a strike-rate of 124.17. Before that, he made 530 runs in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 at 58.88. While he batted at No. 3 mostly for Royals, he moved down to No. 6 for India A in Darwin.

When asked if there was a case for making better use of Samson in the top order in the future, Abhay said his workload would have to be managed considering his dual utility as a batsman and a keeper. "Going forward, we will have to handle him very well, for he has to bat and keep too. He took that responsibility very well this time but we will have to work on him very carefully."

Abhay, a former Railways captain and wicketkeeper, said that Samson's keeping was also coming along quite well, and he was keen to learn. "His keeping is improving day by day. A little more work has to be done on a couple of technical things and constant monitoring is needed. He is a very good learner. He readily understands what I want to communicate and implements my plan. At times there is not even the need to speak to him and he will pick up even little signs. He has adapted very well to these conditions. A stumping he pulled off down the leg side was simply outstanding."

Abhay was also pleased with the standard of India A's ground fielding. The side claimed four run-outs in a match against the Australian National Performance Squad, and Abhay said that game stood out for him for the number of times India had found their target.

"We had 18 direct hits in that match, four of which resulted in run-outs. We had been working on target-hitting and it was great to see the intensity and momentum we created on the field. We even worked on slip catching on the second attempt when someone drops a chance the first time and Manoj (Tiwary) took one such catch in a game. It was very satisfying to see that."

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on August 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    mini master blaster ready to start in english sand

  • Android on August 6, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    its true!

  • Android on August 5, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Simply one sentence to describe the young lad " he is going to make our own Little Master proud. " Good luck Young SON. You are our future Sachin.

  • RAJARAMAN on August 4, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Sanju Samson in test team? First let him perform well in limited overs setting consistently ... then into ODI team ... then only into tests ... One must not get carried away by performances in One-day first class features

  • B on August 4, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    HAVE YOU FORGOT PARTHIV PATEL!!!!!!???? SO SOON.IF PARTHIV CAN BE SELECTED WHY NOT SANJU ?? his debut in 2002 and when he made rani debut in 2001-2002 season. only played only few ranji games, hardly any A tours. And in Indian team always batted in top order. Even after failing miserably in many matches pursued with him till world cup 2003 saying he is Indias future so y not giva a chance to Sanju? Not even giving opportunity to bat up the order in India A team ODI games when he is on talent wise head and shoulder above others a he proved again. And India need a keeper since MSD Test carrier is almost over. He may continue till world cup in test team.. so PLEASE BCCI IF U LOVE CRICKET GIVE THE BOY CHANCE STARTING FROM T20'S and then ODI's and may be by 2015 he shall be ready for TEST at international level.

  • Android on August 4, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    he is the future sangakara but will play for India..

  • Naresh on August 4, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Samson first assignment should be with the ODI squad for the WC in Oz. We have three keepers - Samson, Ohja and Saha - all did played well in the T20 tournaments. Our current TEST team is in need of an overhaul - the players dont seem to enjoy the 5 day game. With so much young talent as well as players who on the fringes should be drafted into the Test team.

  • Paddy on August 4, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    There is a constant concentration on batting.WHAT ABOUT THE BOWLING ? That is where the problem lies.You are worried about tthe garden when the house is burning !

  • Kuldeep on August 4, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    very surprised, he should have been called to indian team in england in place of ojha, ojha is good but samson has age on his side and definitely is one for the future, time to groom starts from now

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @anantha padmanabhan You are wrong. Sanju Samson was not out 4 times. Despite batting at 6th position, he became the leading run scorer for India A. So Don't under estimate him. In my opinion, both Kedar Jadhav & Sanju Samson must pick in the Indian ODI team. Dhawal Kulkarni & Akshar Patel bowled brilliantly. So they also must get a chance to play in the senior team.