(Last Updated on : 04/06/2015)
Sanju Viswanath Samson is an Indian cricketer who is the vice-captain of the U-19 Cricket Team and plays for the Rajasthan Royals
in the Indian Premier League
(IPL). He is a wicket-keeper batsman.
Early Life of Sanju Viswanath Samson
Sanju Viswanath Samson was born on 11th November in the year 1994. He hails from Trivandrum or Thiruvanthanpuram region of Kerala
. It represents the Kerala Cricket Team in domestic cricket. Sanju Viswanath Samson was born into a Malayali Christian family on 11th November 1994 in Trivandrum, India to Lijy and Samson Viswanath. His father Samson Viswanath was formerly a police constable in Delhi Police. His father has played a key role in shaping up Sanju's cricket career. Sanju attended Rosary Senior Secondary School, Delhi and graduated high school from St. Josephs Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Career of Sanju Viswanath Samson
Sanju Viswanath Samson is the youngest player to score a half-century in the Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20. He achieved this on 29th April 2013 in the match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore
at the age of 18.
Awards Received by Sanju Viswanath Samson
Sanju Viswanath Samson was adjudged as the "Best Young Player of the Season" in the 2013 IPL through an official poll. He was appointed the Vice-captain of the India U-19 team for the Under-19 Triangular Series in Australia in 2013. He has been included in the Indian squad for the limited over matches in India tour of England 2014. On 5th May 2013, Samson won the "Naya Soch" Award in his 4th IPL match for Rajasthan
Royals against Pune Warriors.
Sanju Viswanath Samson in Under 13 Cricket Team
Sanju Viswanath Samson was a member of the Under 13 Cricket Team of Kerala. He captained the side and scored a century in his debut match and went on to score 4 centuries in 5 matches in the South Zone Under-13 tournament.
Sanju Viswanath Samson in U 16 Cricket Team
Sanju Viswanath Samson was also the captain of Under 16 and Under 19 Kerala State Cricket Teams. As a member of the Kerala under 16 Team he scored a 200 not out off just 138 balls in a Vijay Merchant Trophy South Zone match against Goa. Sanju Viswanath Samson was the All-India leading run scorer in the season and was selected to play in the Ranji Trophy
for Kerala when he was 15 years of age.
Sanju Viswanath Samson in U 19 Cricket Team
Sanju Viswanath Samson represented India in the Under 19 Asia Cup Tournament held in Malaysia in June 2012. His performance was below par in the Tournament scoring only 14 runs from 3 matches. In 2013 Under 19 Asia cup in UAE, he scored a century in the final, which helps India to retain cup against Pakistan.
Sanju Viswanath Samson in Kerala Ranji Trophy
Sanju Viswanath Samson made his debut for Kerala Ranji Trophy team on 3 November 2011. He is the Vice Captain of Under 19 Indian team.
Sanju Viswanath Samson in Indian Premier League
Sanju Viswanath Samson was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders players pool in 2012, but he did not play any matches. In 2013, he signed for Rajasthan Royals. He made his IPL debut against Kings XI Punjab on 13 April 2013 after the regular wicket keeper Dishant Yagnik failed to recover from an injury. He impressed with a catch to remove Rajagopal Sathish off the bowling of James Faulkner. He also effected a run-out of Praveen Kumar from behind the stumps and another catch. Rajasthan Royals were chasing a target of 126 runs to win. He joined Ajinkya Rahane at the middle when his team was facing some anxious moments with the score at 79/4 in 12.5 overs. Though he faced a strong LBW appeal on the very first ball he faced, he opened his account with a beautifully timed back-foot punch off Azhar Mehmood. He scored a composed 27 runs off 23 deliveries and his unbroken partnership with Rahane for 47 runs made sure Rajasthan Royals won the match with 4 balls to spare.
Sanju Viswanath Samson in ODI and Twenty 20 Cricket Team
On 5TH August 2014, Sanju Viswanath Samson was selected to the 17-man squad to play against England in 5 ODI's and a Twenty20. However, he did not make it to the final team on any of the matches and remained a backup keeper to Mahendra Singh Dhoni