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IPL 2013: Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson becomes overnight star

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson becomes overnight star in neighbourhood

Sanju Samson found instant stardom after he kept wickets for Rajasthan Royals, taking three catches and making the winning hit in his unbeaten 27-run-knock against Kings XI Punjab © IANS

Thiruvananthapuram: Apr 18, 2013

The latest star on the cricket horizon is Kerala’s teenage sensation Sanju Samson and his middle name — Viswanath — is not known to many.

For the 18-year-old Sanju, after his dream debut for Rajasthan Royals last week in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the name Viswanath has however started to gain significance.

“Oh, the name Viswanath has nothing to do with our country’s most gifted cricketer GR Viswanath. Since my father’s name was P Viswanath, I got that name and it followed to my son. Now with cricket the passion of both my sons, which father would not like his kids to emulate the legend,” said his proud father Samson Viswanath, a former Delhi Police constable.

Viswanath has two sons. The elder one, Saly Samson, is in his second year of college and plays for the state Under-25 cricket team while the younger one has just found instant stardom after he kept wickets for Rajasthan Royals, taking three catches and making the winning hit in his unbeaten 27-run-knock against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.

Sanju is also a star on Facebook now. His timeline has a number of pictures of him in cricket gear and those of his friends, and postings by well-wishers complimenting him on his IPL showing.

Speaking to IANS, Viswanath said even though he played for Delhi in the 1994 national football championship (Santosh Trophy), cricket was the first love for both his sons.

“It was only after his Sunday performance that our neighbours came to know that he is the boy next door,” said Viswanath, who now is a football coach. He took voluntary retirement from Delhi Police in 2009 and the entire family returned to their hometown here.

Viswanath hails from a fishing hamlet on the city’s outskirts, but the family moved to a rented home in the city to facilitate the two youngsters’ cricketing.

“Since both my children are always travelling, we decided to move to the city so that their travelling is made comfortable,” added the father.

Sanju, Viswanath says, got a huge morale booster after Indian speedster and statemate S Sreesanth became his friend and advisor.

Obviously, Sreesanth had a hand in Rajasthan Royals signing Sanju this season. He was among the four picked from the talent pool, with Kerala ODI captain Sachin Baby, Mumbai left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh and Jharkhand seamer Rahul Shukla being the others.

Sanju was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders last season, but didn’t get a game. His next big break came when he was selected in India’s Under-19 side for the Asia Cup. His poor run in Malaysia, scoring 14 runs in three games, saw him lose his place in the Under-19 World Cup squad for Australia.

Missing the World Cup only made him more determined to succeed and he went on to score 377 runs in 10 innings — with two centuries — in various domestic tournaments and then made 222 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

RKV Gopakumar, chairman of the selectors of Kerala’s Ranji Trophy team, said they picked Sanju to play for Kerala when he was a few days short of 17 in 2011.

“He is such an unassuming person and appears quite mature for his age and, mind you, now he is awaiting his Class 12 results. Since making his debut in 2011, we have seen him returning from First-Class cricket matches to write his examinations. We are all happy that our state has produced another hugely talented cricketer and wish he goes the full distance,” said Gopakumar.

“Even though he keeps wickets, to give him absolute freedom, we have selected another wicketkeeper in the state squad,” added Gopakumar.

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