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Can’t play like Dhoni, I focus on my own style: Sanju Samson

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“No one can, no one should try” to play like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson has said, rejecting comparisons with the former captain after his own hitting power-hitting has impressed everyone in IPL-13.

Samson hit sixers at will to power his franchise, Rajasthan Royals, to wins over Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, the second one ending in a record IPL chase. Following this, the Congress MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor, called him the next MS Dhoni.

But Samson disagreed strongly. “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, 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,” said the Kerala youngster.

India ambition

With his belligerent knocks of 74 and 85, Samson has again staked his claim for selection to the Indian team. Asked if he thinks he has done enough to attract the attention of the national selectors, Samson said, “I maybe (think), 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 recently said 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.

Having performed well over the last few IPLs, he is aware that his performance on the domestic circuit should be better. “I have understood my game, it’s more of power hitting. So I have been training on my strengths on my power hitting,” he said.

“I am in a very good space mentally. I have worked closely with our video analyst for four to five months and that really helped me improve.” — TNS, agencies

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