For all budding cricketers, to play to your nation alongside the heroes that you simply idolise is the last word dream, and it was no totally different for Sanju Samson. But for the Rajasthan Royals star, there was a extra literal “dream come true” second, courtesy none aside from former India captain MS Dhoni. Speaking on an Instagram dwell chat with Chennai Super Kings, Sanju Samson recalled an incident from the early days of his profession, which spoke volumes of how a lot he respects the World Cup-winning stumper.
Asked about his interactions with Dhoni, the 25-year-old mentioned he had first shared the dressing room with him when he was simply 19 years outdated, throughout a tour of England.
“After that, I didn’t play for India for five years,” Samson mentioned.
“For those five years, I was dreaming of playing for India, I was literally dreaming,” he mentioned, earlier than retelling his anecdote.
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“I had a dream that Mahi bhai is the captain of the team and he is changing fields,” Samson mentioned.
“I was standing in slip and he said ‘Sanju, wahan jaa (go there),’ and I ran to the position,” he mentioned.
“After a few days, we got the news that he has stepped down from captaincy. So, I was thinking how will that dream come true? I don’t think that is going to happen,” Samson continued.
“After a few weeks, we played a match in Mumbai, with India A against England, for which they asked him to captain,” Samson mentioned.
“And I was standing in the slips and he said ‘Sanju, udhar jaa’, and I ran to position, so finally that dream happened,” he mentioned.
He conceded that he had been too nervous to inform the previous skipper about his dream, however he mentioned he hopes that when he does inform him, it should convey a smile on Dhoni’s face.