Sanju Samson takes a blinder against Haryana in Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Samson scored 577 runs in this season's Ranji Trophy.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson shows off his athleticism on the field. (Photo Source: YouTube)

The on-going Indian domestic season has been a very fruitful one for wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson. The 23-year-old from Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram has scored 577 runs in the Ranji Trophy, playing for his state Kerala. However, except his batting, his neat and tidy wicket-keeping has also attracted praises. In the recently concluded match against Haryana, Sanju took a phenomenal catch.

Sanju’s team Kerala was turning the heat against home side Haryana at the Ch Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Rohtak. Amit Mishra’s Haryana were already out of the tournament and it was nothing but a matter of pride being at stake for the home team. Winning the toss, his team could only score 208 runs in the first innings of the Group B encounter, courtesy a superb spell from Sandeep Warrier.


In a response, Kerala posted a total of 389 runs. Samson scored 16 runs in the match. The owner of 9 first-class tons tried to shift the gear of the innings, and in a bid to accelerate, hit two boundaries and a six. Curtains of Haryana’s second innings fell for just 173 runs, as Jalaj Saxena and MD Nidheesh picked up 3 wickets each.

Was it a bird or a helicopter? No, it was Sanju Samson.

In this otherwise dead rubber match, Sanju’s stunner of a catch sparked some life. Off the bowling of Sandeep Warrier, Sanju took a blinder after it caught the edge of the bat as the batter offered a defensive shot. Since he got very less time to react, this superb catch speaks volume about the cricketer’s reflexes.

Sanju has scored 577 runs in this season’s Ranji Trophy, which is his personal highest in a Ranji season. He broke his previous tally of 530 runs, which he scored in the 2013-14 season. Kerala are through to the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy, where they are expected to face a confident Vidarbha in the quarter-finals.

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