Home > Features >

Sam Robson emerges from humble beginnings to compile Test century against Sri Lanka

In 2011, Sam Robson aggregated more than 900 runs at an average of 53.11 in County Championship and by 2013 County season, he was one of the top performers in the domestic circuit © Getty Images
In 2011, Sam Robson aggregated more than 900 runs at an average of 53.11 in County Championship and by 2013 County season, he was one of the top performers in the domestic circuit © Getty Images

With fine prowess of adhesion, Sam Robson notched up his first Test hundred against Sri Lanka at Headingley. Bharath Ramaraj looks back at the arduous journey, Robson had to go through, before tasting success.

Sam Robson, the centurion in the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley seems like an adventurist, who travelled through seas and oceans to make a fortune for himself. Born to an Australian father and English mother, Robson was forced to leave the shores of a country made up of hypnotic natural treasures. Remember, playing for New South Wales is never easy, especially when you have to compete with names like Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes, Moises Henriques and company.

Robson, with an English passport migrated to England for greener pastures. It wasn’t like he was welcomed to England like a conquistador after winning numerous battles. Robson wasn’t even known much for his batting prowess then. He could bowl a bit of leg-spin and he did take six-for when he made his grade debut back in Australia.

However, by putting the hard yards, the former Australian Under-19 cricketer started to play for Middlesex seconds by 2008. By the end of that season, he also took part in Pro40 games for the County.

It was only in 2011 though, did Robson strike gold. During that season, he aggregated more than 900 runs at an average of 53.11 in County Championship.  By 2013 County season, he was one of the top performers in the domestic circuit.  The assuredness with which Robson went onto compile hundreds that year in Division 1 resulted in him being picked for England Lions to play against Sri Lanka ‘A’ in their own den.

With runs flowing from his bat, and England setup in disarray during Ashes 2013-14, there were rumours that he would make his Test debut against Sri Lanka in the English summer. Well, Robson did indeed make his Test debut at Lord’s. But it was the second Test at Headingley when Robson would have felt like being on the seventh haven after a gritty hundred.

It isn’t like Robson has been bestowed with heavy dollops of skill. He looks tentative at the crease and doesn’t exactly time or place the ball with the precision of a Rolex watch-maker. But he can point to the scorecard which at the end of the second day read as 127.

Tougher tests lie ahead for sure. Robson has a tendency to play away from the body and likes to stay back in the crease. He seems to have good hands, but against line-ups that are better than Sri Lanka, they will test him outside his off-stump. Robson has to show measured judgement then. Nevertheless, here is a cricketer who, every-time when he finds at the edge of a steep precipice due to bad form, seems to have that ticker to wade through it and touch greater peaks.

(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Sydney

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Chittagong

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Melbourne

Australia won by 3 wkts

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 20, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled(Match rescheduled to 21/11/2014)

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

PCB’s biggest challenge is to bring back international cricket to Pakistan: Subhan Ahmad

Tim Southee’s 50 Test sixes and related records

India vs Australia 2014: India may have heavy dose of pace in store in 1st Test

Ross Taylor’s crucial knock against Pakistan will boost his sub-par subcontinent record

Stuart Binny — can the all-rounder be a trump card for India in ODIs?

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014

India vs Australia 2014-15: Harry Conway replaces Gurinder Sandhu in CA XI squad

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Ahmed Shehzad set to return for ODIs; Sohaib Maqsood ruled out

Australia vs India 2014: Shane Watson uninterested in captaining Australia

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s overseas performances have impressed Mike Hesson

Moeen Ali: Would love to open for England again

Rohit Sharma: India are serious contenders

South Africa may lose momentum ahead of ICC World Cup 2015

Has Umesh Yadav cemented his place in India’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

The Melbourne Cricket Club is formed

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014: Sabbir Rahman fires explosive 44 on debut

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Watch Free Live Streaming & Telecast of Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 Football 37th Match between Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata

PK Tharki Chokro making: Rancho aka Aamir Khan and Munna Bhai aka Sanjay Dutt shake legs to this folk number

Simbu-Hansika’s Vaalu slated for Christmas release!

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein: Will Raman and Ishita help Mihika with her plans?

Alibaba to launch its Taobao marketplace in international markets: Reuters

8 reasons to add rosemary to your diet

eBay India ‘Black Friday’ sale kicks off today

How many calories do bananas have?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here