Sanju Samson Biography – A world-class wicket-keeper batsman from Kerala who made his Ranji debut at the age of 15!
Family Background of Sanju Samson:
Sanju Samson was born on November 11, 1994, in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. His father, Samson Viswanath, is a retired Delhi Police Constable, and his mother, Lijy Viswanath, is a homemaker.
He has a brother named Saly Samson, who is also a cricket player. Sanju Samson is married to his college batchmate Charulatha.
His wife is an entrepreneur.
He did his initial education at Delhi’s Rosary Senior Secondary School. Then, his family shifted to Kerala, and he completed his schooling at St. Joseph Higher Secondary School.
He finished his graduation from Mar Ivanois College.
Sanju Samson Biography:
|Sanju Samson's Profile|
|Full Name||Sanju Viswanath Samson|
|Date of Birth||November 11, 1994|
|Age||28 years, 2 months (in 2023)|
|Birth Place||Trivandrum (now Thiruvananthapuram), Kerala, India|
|School||Rosary Senior Secondary School, Delhi |
St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram
|College||Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Height|| 5ft. 7”|
|Family & Relationships|
|Siblings||1 brother (Saly Samson)|
|Playing Role||Wicketkeeper batsman|
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Major Teams||India, India Under-19s, Kerala, Kerala Cricket Association XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals|
|ODI Debut||Sri Lanka vs India at Colombo (July 23, 2021)|
|T20I Debut||India vs Zimbabwe, At Harare (July, 2015)|
|First-Class Debut||Kerala vs Vidharba, At Nagpur (November, 2011)|
|List-A Debut||Kerala vs Andhra, At Bangalore (February, 2012)|
|T-20 Debut||Kerala vs Hyderabad , At Chennai (October, 2011) |
Cricket Career of Sanju Samson:
His cricket career started for Kerala in a U-13 match in which he captained the team also. He scored a hundred on his debut match in South Zone U-13 tournament; not only this, but he smashed 4 centuries in the next five games.
Subsequently, he was also made the captain of Kerala Under-16. He was the leading run-scorer in Vijay Merchant Trophy and scored an excellent inning of 200 against Goa.
At the young age of 15, Sanju Samson gets selected for the Ranji Trophy and later became the youngest ever captain of a Ranji team. On November 03, 2011, he made his Ranji debut as a wicket-keeper batsman against Vidarbha, and that’s how his first-class cricket career started.
After showing incredible performance at the U-16 level, he got the chance to play for the Under-19 team as a wicketkeeper-batsman and captain.
On February 23, 2012, he started his List-A career as a batsman against Andhra in Vijay Hazare Trophy. With 4 fours, he managed to score 41 runs in 55 balls.
Later, he was selected for the U-19 Asia Cup (2012) because of his splendid game in the Cooch Behar Trophy. But this time, something went wrong as he could only score 14 runs in 3 matches.
After that, he played some excellent knocks in the 2013 Under-19 Asia Cup, especially his century in the tournament’s final, which helped India retain the Cup in UAE.
In August 2014, Sanju Samson was selected as a backup wicket-keeper for England’s tour but didn’t get any chance to play in the series.
Later, in 2015, he was called as a replacement of Ambati Rayudu for the ODI’s against Zimbabwe but, again, didn’t find a place in the playing eleven. Although in the same series, he made his international debut in the second T20I against Zimbabwe. He scored 19 runs in the match.
Later, on July 23, 2021, he played his first ODI match in Sri Lanka.
Samson – The wonder player of IPL:
KKR bought Sanju Samson at the auction ahead of IPL 2012; however, he didn’t get any chance to play in the season.
Then, Rajasthan Royals (RR) bought him at the auction for IPL 2013. According to him, he learned a lot from Rahul Dravid, the former mentor of RR. Samson also won the Best Young Player award of the IPL 2013 season.
Sanju initially played two IPL seasons for the Rajasthan Royals (RR). Later, RR got banned, and Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) signed him at ₹4.2 crores for IPL 2016.
He was the third leading run-scorer for Delhi in the 2017 season. He also completed 1000 runs and became the youngest player to do so in the history of IPL.
RR returned to the IPL in 2018, and the franchise bought Samson for ₹8 crores at the auction. He remains with the same team for the 2020 IPL too. Then, ahead of the IPL 2021, he’s been named the captain of the team. He scored a century (119 runs) in his first match as a captain.
RR retained him for IPL 2022 at a whopping amount of 14 crore INR.
|Samson's IPL Stats|
Some More IPL Facts:
- At the age of 18 years and 169 days, Sanju Samson became the youngest player to score a half-century in IPL history.
- Later, in IPL 2019, Riyan Parag broke his record at 17 years and 175 days.
- He is the fourth Indian batsman who scored more than one century in the I.P.L –
- Sanju Samson (2)
- Murali Vijay (2)
- Virender Sehwag (2)
- Virat Kohli (4)
- Sanju became the first player to score a hundred on his debut captaincy day in IPL 2021.
Facts about Sanju Samson:
- Role-Model: Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid.
- Sanju Samson’s wife’s name is Charulatha Samson.
- Charulatha and Sanju were batchmates in their College days.
- He and Shreyas Gopal were College batchmates.
- His brother Saly Samson is also a Cricketer.
- He is the youngest player to score a half-century in Champions League T20.
Frequently asked questions on Google:
Q1: What is the age of Samson?
Ans:28 years, 2 months (in 2023)
Q2: Is Samson a Hindu?
Ans: No, he’s a Christian.
Q3: Where is the hometown of Samson?
Ans: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Q4: Who is the wife of Sanju Samson?
Ans: Charulatha Samson
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