Ms Dhoni's Success provides me Extra Motivation: Sanju Samson
‘‘I don’t think of replacing anybody, all of us are trying to win matches for the country at the end of the day. I am just focusing on ultimately playing for my country,’’ Sanju Samson said.
Indian Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson says Ms Dhoni's Success provides him Extra Motivation. In Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 Sanju Samson will be playing for Rajasthan Royals. The 13th edition of IPL will take place from 19 September in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders landed in UAE on Thursday. While, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers reached UAE on Friday. Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad touched UAE on Sunday. "Yes, I have got some very good memories of IPL. I am fortunate enough to have spent most of my career with the Royals where we are allowed to fail, From the beginning, the likes of Zubin Bharucha, Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton gave me the freedom to express myself and not worry about failures - that certainly helped in my batting,’’ Sanju Samson said. ‘‘We are a very strong team on paper this year and expect to show this in our results. A lot of planning has gone into the auction and the way we will approach the league and our target is nothing short of winning the title." ‘‘We as an unit are both happy and excited that the IPL is eventually happening. It always feels good to be in Dubai but this time, we have not been able to explore Dubai as we are in our rooms for the quarantine period," he said. ‘‘Yes, the conditions this time will be very different from that of playing in India during the months of April-May. First up, I am told that September-October are the hottest months. As we will be playing across only three venues, too many matches may slow down the wickets later on but we have the experience to handle this. We just have to be smart and keep the intent going." ‘‘Yes, I have had a very good season in 2019 in domestic, India A and then for India. I am worked hard for the last 8-9 years in terms of my training, game and diet. At this point, I have a good 10 more years of cricket left in me and I will give it my best shot. I am headed in the right direction but have miles to go,’’ he said. "Yes, Dhoni bhai has inspired all of us from the day he came to play for India in the first match against Bangladesh and then scored that famous century against Pakistan. His success provides extra motivation for me as he came from Ranchi to become one of the alltime greats of the game while I hail from Kerala - both places no cricketing history." ‘‘No, I don’t think of replacing anybody, all of us are trying to win matches for the country at the end of the day. I am just focusing on ultimately playing for my country,’’ he added.