Sanju Samson

India
Age
November 11, 1994 (27 years)
Role
Wicket Keeper
Birth Place
Pulluvila, Vizhinjam, Trivandrum
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
-

Sanju Samson is a 25-year-old wicketkeeper and a right-handed batsman who has represented India in international cricket.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

India, India A, South Zone, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, India Under-19, Kerala

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
1
1
0
46
46
46
46
100
0
0
5
1
T20I
15
15
0
245
51
16.33
199
123.12
0
1
20
11
Test
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
IPL
106
103
10
2668
119
28.69
2012
132.6
2
15
199
118

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
1
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
15
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
106
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Biography

Sanju first made waves with his prodigious cricketing skills when he scored prolifically for the Kerala U-13 squad. He went on to captain Kerala’s U-16 and U-19 teams and soon found himself included in the India U-19 side in 2012. He was made vice-captain of the side for the U-19 World Cup in 2014.

Domestic Career

Sanju made his first-class debut for Kerala in 2011. He has made 3162 runs in 55 first-class matches with 10 tons and 12 fifties, including his top score of 211. Sanju went one better in List A cricket when he scored 212 for Kerala against Goa in the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament in 2019. In the process, he became the first wicket-keeper to achieve a double ton in the competition, setting a record for the fastest double hundred.

IPL Career

Sanju has scored 2209 runs in 93 IPL matches at 27.61 with 2 tons and 10 half-centuries and a strike rate of 130.24. He currently plays for Rajasthan Royals with whom he began his IPL career in 2013. In the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he played for Delhi Daredevils before Rajasthan Royals bought him back in the IPL auction of 2018. In his debut year, in 2013, Sanju made 203 runs in 11 IPL matches at 25.75 with a strike rate of 115.73. His best innings that season came in the league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur on 29 April 2013. Batting first, RCB scored 171/6. In a thrilling run chase, Royals registered a 4-wicket win with one ball to spare. Batting at number 3, Sanju took guard at the wicket with the scoreboard reading 21/1. When he was out, the scoreboard read 116/3 in 14.2 overs. With his innings of 63 off 41 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes, Sanju managed to set up the platform for a famous win.

In 2014, Sanju scored 339 runs in 13 games at 26.07 with a strike rate of 124.17. Playing at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium against Mumbai Indians, Sanju smashed 74 off 47 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes to propel Royals to a score of 189/4. However, that knock went in vain as Mumbai managed to chase down the target with 5 wickets and 32 balls to spare.

The 2015 season was not Sanju’s best one as he scored only 204 runs in 14 matches at 20.40, though, at a good strike rate of 125.15. He had a memorable innings away against Mumbai Indians on 1 May 2015. MI batted first and posted 187/5 on the board. Royals made a determined bid, riding on Sanju’s innings of 76 off 46 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes. Unfortunately for Sanju and Royals, they could manage to get only to 179/7.

Playing for Delhi Daredevils in 2016, Sanju made 291 runs in 14 matches at 26.45, with a strike rate of 112.35. His solitary half-century that season came against Mumbai Indians in Delhi on 23 April 2016. Batting first, DD made 164/4 in their allotted overs, thanks to Sanju’s 60 off 48 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. DD kept MI’s reply down to 154/7 to snatch a 10-run win.

In 2017, Sanju did well, garnering 386 runs from 14 matches at 27.57, with an impressive strike rate of 141.39. He made a ton – his first in the IPL – and 2 fifties. On 11 April 2017, the renamed Delhi Capitals made 205/4, batting first against Rising Pune Supergiant. The innings revolved around Sanju’s innings of 102 off 63 balls with 8 fours and 5 sixes. In their reply, RPS were bowled out for 108.

Back with Rajasthan Royals, Sanju enjoyed his best season in 2018, making 441 runs in 15 matches at 31.50. He scored his runs at a strike rate of 137.81 and boasted 3 half-centuries that season. Batting first against RCB in Bengaluru, Royals made 217/4 thanks to an unbeaten 92 off 45 balls by Sanju. The innings was embellished by 2 fours and 10 sixes. During his knock, Sanju shared partnerships of 49 with Stokes and 73 with Buttler. Despite RCB’s strong batting lineup, they could not manage more than 198/6 in reply.

In his latest season in 2019, Sanju scored 342 runs in 12 matches at 25.75 with a strike rate of 148.69. He also made a century to add to the one he had scored in the 2017 season. That knock came in the league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on 29 March 2019. Batting first, Royals scored 198/2, riding on Sanju’s unbeaten 102 in 55 balls with 10 fours and 4 sixes. However, unfortunately for Sanju and Royals, the young batsman’s heroics went in vain as Sunrisers chased down the target with 5 wickets and an over to spare.

T20I Career

Sanju has scored 35 runs in 4 T20I matches at 8.75. He has also taken 2 catches and effected 1 stumping. He played his first T20I match against Zimbabwe in Harare in July 2015. In that game, Zimbabwe batted first and scored 145/7. In reply, India were restricted to 135/9. Batting at number 7, Samson scored 19 off 24 balls, setting up a platform for an Indian win before getting out in the 18th over. Sadly for Samson, his effort went in vain. Nevertheless, India did win all three of the remaining T20I matches Sanju took part in. He last appeared in a T20I against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui in February 2020.

Family of Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson is the son of Lily and Samson, a couple who are natives of Kerala in India. His father served as a constable in the Delhi Police. Sanju has a wife, Charulatha Remesh, whom he married in 2018.

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