,Sanju Samson to banda hi bohot cool hai”, Rajasthan Royals net bowler Mohammad Sharim praised captain Sanju Samson. The pacer has had a good time with the Royals as a net bowler and has been learning from the likes of Lasith Malinga and Trent Boult.
Sanju Samson is a super cool person, When he leads the team, it never seems like he is under any kind of pressure. He is a thinking leader and uses his bowlers very well. Also, he is someone who has a good eye for spotting talent. If he feels that someone has talent, he will really push him to grow,” he told News18 CricketNext.
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Talking about his experience and learnings, Sharim said, “It has been a great experience to spend time with such big players. For example, Lasith Malinga who is the yorker king, I learned a lot from him about bowling yorkers. Also, I got to learn how to read the batsman’s mind and use the slower ball in a particular position. Talking about Trent Boult, one of the big things that I learned from him was bowling in the right areas, bowling in the death overs and swing bowling.
The pacer, who hails from Kanpur in UP, found great success in the Red Bull Speedster which helped him break into the RR camp as a net bowler.
“I am originally from Kanpur and attended the U-19 camp in UP. There is a competition Red Bull Speedster and I got selected in RR through it. I was first selected as a net bowler in 2021 and this year also I was a part of the camp as a net bowler.
When asked about his time in the Royals camp and the fitness regime he follows, Shaarim credited high-performance fast bowling coach Stephen Jones for improving his pace and power as a fast bowler.
“I got to learn a lot, especially from Stephen Jones. I got a lot of training under him like working on my fitness and speed. Jones wanted me to focus on my speed. I also attended a 15-day camp Where we were just 5-10 bowlers. “I gave a lot of power, strength,” he said.
Jones then did a sort of test of how fast the bowlers were bowling and he measured it with a speed gun. He kept different balls like light and heavy for testing.
“When I tried it with the lighter, the speed gun read 140 kmph. So, all that training has helped me a lot. Earlier I used to bowl at around 135 kmph, now I can bowl at 137 kmph.”
Fast bowlers are prone to injury and to prevent this, they have to take care of the fitness regime. The RR high-performance fast bowling coach has guided the youngsters through the process and what everyone needs to do, be it gym workouts or what exercises the players need to do when they are on the field.
Sharim lauded Red Bull Campus Cricket and said that it is good to see such tournaments being played in India as they provide a good platform for budding cricketers to showcase their talent.
“It is a very good platform for youngsters. We play our matches at very good places, play good cricket and compete with some good players. We play with a lot of passion and confidence. It feels good that We have these kinds of tournaments in India and it is helpful in spotting new talents. RBCC is a very good platform,” said Sharim.