Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson

India|Wicketkeeper batter
Sanju Samson

INTL CAREER: 2014 - 2020

Full Name

Sanju Viswanath Samson


November 11, 1994, Pulluvila, Vizhinjam, Trivandrum


26y 221d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position


Playing Role

Wicketkeeper batter


Despite being a teenager, Sanju Samson has emerged as a prime contender to be the flag-bearer of cricket for the state of Kerala, one of the few regions in India where football's popularity and following outdoes that of cricket. Samson shifted to Thiruvananthapuram in his early teens after taking his first cricket lessons in Delhi, where his father worked as a police constable. In Thiruvananthapuram, Samson started creating waves in junior circuit with his bat. His impressive technique combined with an ability to time the ball first earned him a place in Kerala's U-19 team and a consistent outing in the Cooch Behar Trophy (domestic U-19 championship) elevated him into India's team for the U-19 Asia Cup in 2012.

However, the Asia Cup outing turned out to be a huge disappointment for Samson as he returned from Kuala Lumpur with a tally of 14 runs from three innings. That meant he wasn't selected for India's U-19 World Cup sojourn. However, Samson, who had made his first-class debut the previous season, made up for it with consistent performances with the bat and with the wicketkeeping gloves. He started the Ranji Trophy season with a century against Himachal Pradesh in seamer-friendly conditions and then added another before the season was over.

The next big stop was the Indian Premier League, where Samson contributed almost every time he came out to bat for Rajasthan Royals. His 41-ball 63 against Royal Challengers Bangalore confirmed him as one of the finds of the 2013 tournament. Rahul Dravid, his captain at Royals, has emphasised more than once that Samson is one to watch out for. He followed that up with another bright IPL season in 2014, and an impressive showing - temperament-wise, most of all - for India A in Australia. That catapulted him into the reckoning for India, and the call-up came sooner rather than later, as he was picked in India's limited-overs squad for the tour to England in August-September.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A958992445212*30.56275688.71114213659912
List A95------------
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Recent Matches - Player

Royals vs Sunrisers480c/0s02-May-2021DelhiT20
Royals vs Mum Indians420c/0s29-Apr-2021DelhiT20
Royals vs KKR42*1c/0s24-Apr-2021MumbaiT20
Royals vs RCB210c/0s22-Apr-2021MumbaiT20
Royals vs Super Kings11c/0s19-Apr-2021MumbaiT20



Kane Williamson and Sanju Samson at the toss
Sanju Samson tees off
Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler made a rapid start
Sanju Samson warms up ahead of the match
Sanju Samson sends one to the deep midwicket
Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube during their stand