Get noticed by Rahul Dravid then the legend himself asking a young Sanju Samson to play for his IPL team, Royals of Rajasthan, was the “greatest moment of my life”, says the “drummer-keeper” from Kerala.
Rahul Dravid’s last season at the Royals, in 2013, proved to be Samson’s first for the team. The former captain would also coach the team. The 26-year-old remembers that unforgettable moment when Rahul Dravid asked him to be part of his franchise, which Samson would lead in IPL 2021.
He has now reunited with Rahul Dravid as Samson, along with Ishan Kishan, is selected for the Sri Lanka tour, for 3 ODI and 3 T20I, and Dravid is the coach. Samson talks about the influence of Rahul Dravid on the players of the National Under-19 team or the Indian team A.
“Every individual from the Indian A team or the juniors entering the Indian team had the chance 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 beat really well – and he came up to me and asked me a question: ‘Can you play for my team? So, it was the greatest moment of my life, and I will never be able to forget it. It just shows how great a human being he is and I really enjoy his company, ”Samson told Star Sports.
To have Rahul Dravid as a trainer, one cannot ask for more: Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal is another young rising star who learned his art from Rahul Dravid. After big runs in national cricket and a season and a half of success in IPL, the left-hander also received his first call-up in India.
He worked with the former Indian drummer on different levels. He talks about the calm and humble nature of Rahul Dravid who always takes him in awe.
“Being from the same school, the first time I met him was on one of our sports days at school, where I had to give him a bouquet – that’s when I spoke to him for the first time. I have always been amazed at how incredibly calm and gentle he is. To have accomplished so much in cricket and to be so down to earth, humble and kind to everyone is amazing to watch, ”said Devdutt Padikkal.
“To have him as a coach, you couldn’t ask for anything more, and to have a mentor like him by your side is just a great feeling, and I hope I can get a lot out of him,” he said. he adds. .
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