“No one can” and “no one should try” to play like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson said on Tuesday, rejecting comparisons with the cricket great after taking the IPL by storm with his incredible hitting prowess Ipl 2021 schedule.
Samson cleared the boundaries at will to power his franchise Rajasthan Royals to two massive wins over Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, the second one ending in a record IPL chase.
After his exploits, Congress MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor, called him the next MS Dhoni. But Samson did not think so, quite like former India player and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir.
“I am sure that no one can and no one should try to play like him. It’s not at all easy to play like MS Dhoni, so leave that aside. I never think of playing like MS Dhoni. He is a legend of Indian cricket, a legend of the game,” Samson said.
“I only focus on my game, what I can do, how I can do it best, and how I can win matches,” the Keralite added, again like Gambhir, on the eve of his team’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders here.
Responding to Tharoor, Gambhir had said that instead of striving to be the next Dhoni, the 25-year-old must try to be the Sanju Samson of Indian cricket.
With his belligerent knocks of 74 and 85, Samson has again staked his claim for selection in the Indian team.
Asked if he thinks he has done enough to attract the attention of the national selectors, Samson said, “I maybe, I maybe not. The only thing I know is I am in good form, my only dream is to win matches for my team, any team I play. My focus is on the IPL right now.”
Samson had recently said that he has another 10 years of cricket left in him, a conclusion he came to after a lot of thought and an interaction with Indian captain Virat Kohli during a gym session.