Sanju has Dravid’s grit, De Villiers’ flair: Coach

Bangalore :  Indian cricket’s rising star Sanju Samson‘s coach Biju George feels that his ward possesses the grit of Rahul Dravid as well as the flair of AB de Villiers which will make him a special player for India in the coming days.

“Sanju is a combination of Dravid and AB as he is a package of flamboyance and dogged determination. He is as flamboyant and as determined as Dravid is,” George told PTI.

The Kerala youngster has earned his maiden call-up in the senior national side for the five-match ODI series in England. Though Sanju is a flamboyant and aggressive batsman, he does have the intensity to play long innings. ”He exudes Dravid’s intensity to build innings and play for a long time in the middle. He knows to pace the innings as Dravid does,” he said.

“Every time he talks to Dravid, he gets to learn more about the game,” George, who also works as a Coach with Sports Authority of India [SAI], said about his favourite student, who has been under Dravid’s guidance at the Rajasthan Royals.

Of late Sanju, who was the leading run-getter for India A in their victorious campaign in the quadrangular one-day series in Australia with 244 runs from seven matches, has been following AB for his flamboyant attitude towards the game – whether he is batting, fielding or wicket-keeping, George said. Samson is a batsman-wicketkeeper because he has a very good technique as a batsman and plays aggressively too.

“Even if he attacks, he plays it with a straight bat – never plays across the line. He adopts new tactics to put pressure on oppsoition bowlers,” he said. Sanju’s wicket-keeping also is coming off well.” —PTI

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