Sanju Samson is currently a part of the 20-member national squad for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, starting from July 18. He recently stated that the team is lucky to learn from legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid on this tour.
Dravid has also travelled with the players as the coach for this series as India’s regular team management is currently in the UK for five Test matches against England.
In an interaction on Star Sports’ show Follow The Blues, Samson highlighted that the junior and India A players must consider themselves lucky to go through Rahul Dravid. The 26-year-old also recalled the biggest moment of his career when Dravid had approached him to play for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Samson is also the current skipper of the Rajasthan-based franchise in the cash-rich tournament.
“Each and every individual in the India A side or the juniors going into the Indian team have been fortunate to go through a person called Rahul Dravid. We are very lucky to learn our cricket from him.
“I remember going to the Rajasthan Royals trials one day – I batted really well – and he came up to me and asked me a question ‘can you play for my team?’. So, that was the biggest moment of my life, and I can never forget that. That shows how great a human being he is, and I really enjoy his company,” said Samson.
Devdutt Padikkal too heap massive praises for Dravid
Young opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal also chipped in during the conversation to appreciate the contribution of the former India skipper to the sport. The 21-year-old received his maiden national call for this series after producing brilliant performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and his domestic side as well.
“I have always been awestruck by how incredibly calm and gentle a human being he is. To have achieved so much in cricket and to be so down-to-earth, humble and kind towards everyone is incredible to watch. To have him as our coach, you couldn’t ask for anything more,” said the 21-year-old.