Sanju Samson is one of the most talented and famous cricketers in India. He is known for his explosive batting and agile wicket-keeping skills. He plays for Kerala in domestic cricket, Kerala Tigers in Kerala Premier League T20 (KCA President’s Cup T20), and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He also represents India in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
Early Life and Family
Sanju Samson was born on November 11, 1994, in Pulluvila, a coastal village near Vizhinjam in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. His father, Samson Viswanath, was formerly a police constable at Delhi Police and a retired football player who has represented Delhi in the Santhosh Trophy. His mother, Ligy Viswanath, is a housewife. His elder brother, Saly Samson, has represented Kerala in junior cricket and works in the AG office.
Sanju attended Rosary Senior Secondary School in Delhi and spent his early years at the Police Residential Colony in the GTB Nagar locality of North Delhi. He trained under coach Yashpal at the DL DAV Model School academy, Shalimar Bagh. When Sanju did not enter the Delhi U-13 team for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy, his father voluntarily retired from the Delhi police force. He moved to Kerala, where Sanju and his brother continued their cricketing careers.
In Kerala, he attended the Masters Cricket Club in Thiruvananthapuram1 before changing academies to train under Biju George on Medical College Ground, Thiruvananthapuram.
Sanju Samson Cricket Career
Sanju made his first-class debut for Kerala in 2011-12 at 16. He impressed with his batting and wicket-keeping skills in the Ranji Trophy. He scored 530 runs in 2013–14, averaging slightly under 60, including a double-hundred in his debut game. He was appointed captain of the Kerala side in 2015-16 when he was 20 years old.
Sanju made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals in 2013 when he was 18. He won the Emerging Player of the Year award for his gritty knocks and consistent performances. He joined Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) in 2016 and played crucial innings during his two seasons before returning to Rajasthan Royals in 2018. He was appointed captain of Rajasthan Royals in 2021 and has scored over 3000 runs for them in eight seasons.
Sanju debuted India in the T20I format against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2015. However, he had to wait four and a half years before playing his next T20I for India. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2021. He has played 13 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India, scoring 390 runs and 374 runs, respectively.
Sanju also holds the record for the highest score in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, India’s premier domestic one-day tournament. He scored an unbeaten 212 off 129 balls for Kerala against Goa in October 2019. This was also the second-fastest double-century in List-A cricket.
Personal Life and Relationship
Sanju married Charulatha Remesh on December 22, 2018, at Kovalam Palace Hotel near Thiruvananthapuram. Charulatha is a native of Kozhikode and works as an engineer at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The couple had a traditional Christian wedding ceremony their family and friends attended.
Sanju is a devout Christian and often thank God for his achievements on the field. He also wears a cross pendant around his neck to symbolize his faith. He is close to his family and often posts pictures with them on social media. He is also fond of animals and has a pet dog named Bruno.
Net Worth and Endorsements
Sanju Samson’s net worth is estimated at around $5 million as of 2023. His primary source of income is from playing cricket for India, Kerala, and Rajasthan Royals. He also earns from various endorsements and sponsorships. He has been associated with Nike, Red Bull, Bharat Matrimony, Dream11, Boost, Gulf Oil, and Jio.
Sanju is one of the most popular and marketable cricketers in India. He has a huge fan following on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. He often interacts with his fans and shares his views on various topics. He also supports various social causes and charities.
Height and Physical Attributes
Sanju Samson’s height is 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm). He weighs around 62 kg (137 lbs). He has a slim and athletic physique. He has black hair and dark brown eyes. He bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off-break. He is a versatile wicket-keeper-batter who can play in any position in the batting order.
Awards and Achievements
Sanju Samson has won several awards and accolades for his cricketing skills and performances. Some of them are:
- Emerging Player of the Year in IPL 2013
- Best Young Player of the Season in IPL 2014
- Kerala Cricketer of the Year in 2014-15
- Kerala Sportsman of the Year in 2015
- BCCI Best U-19 Cricketer Award in 2013-14
- BCCI Best U-23 Cricketer Award in 2014-15
- BCCI Best U-25 Cricketer Award in 2015-16
- BCCI Best Domestic Cricketer Award in 2019-20
Sanju Samson is one of the most promising and exciting cricketers in India. He could become one of the best wicket-keeper-batters in the world. He is a role model for many aspiring cricketers who want to follow in his footsteps. He is humble and respectful and values his family and faith. He is an asset to Indian cricket and a pride for Kerala.