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IPL 2021: “I never thought I was perhaps the leader of the Royals of Rajasthan”: Sanju Samson

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Newly appointed Royals of Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson said he never imagined becoming the captain of the franchise.

The goalkeeper-batsman added that a lot of different things are going through his mind as the manager of his team. But he would seek to keep it simple as the new IPL season approaches.

Steve smith led the Royals in the last edition of the IPL, but the Aussie drummer was freed from the franchise ahead of the 2021 auction; Smith will practice his trade for the Delhi capitals this season.

In a recent interview on the RR website, Sanju Samson said he doesn’t expect to become the Royals’ new captain until the next IPL season.

“I can’t wait to lead the Royals. Sure, a lot of different thoughts are going through my mind, but I’d like to keep it simple. I’m happy to take on this role. To be quite honest, until the end of the day. end of year I never thought that maybe I was the leader of the Royals. Our main owner, Manoj Badale, told me that the franchise wanted me to lead the team and asked me to take this role, ”said Sanju Samson.

Sanju Samson has a big job ahead of him as the Royals finished at the bottom of the points table last season. It remains to be seen how the new captain will change his team’s fortunes in the upcoming IPL campaign.

“It’s a dream come true” – Sanju Samson on his collaboration with Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara

The Rajasthan Royals have also appointed former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara as director of cricket for the 2021 edition of the IPL.

Sanju Samson said he looks forward to the opportunity to work with a legend like Sangakkara.

“My first memory of Sanga is definitely his cover drive, and I loved his staff. It’s a dream come true, and it was very exciting to know that I will be working so closely with a legend like Kumar Sangakkara,” Sanju Samson observed.

On what he would try to learn from the Sri Lankan legend, the Indian doorman added:

“Exactly. If you admire people like Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene or Ricky Ponting, they are legends of their time. Everyone was so balanced; and everything they did seemed perfect. J ‘wait to learn all aspects of Kumar Sangakkara in this IPL season. “

Sanju Samson, who has been with the Rajasthan Royals since 2013, has managed to establish himself as the team leader in recent years. Last season, the 26-year-old scored 375 points in 14 appearances at an average of 28.84.

What stood out for Sanju Samson was his 158.89 strike rate and his ability to play from the start. In order for the Royals to advance to the playoffs, the wicket keeper will undoubtedly need to play a key role with the bat.

The Rajasthan Royals kick off their 2021 IPL campaign against the Punjab Kings on April 12 in Mumbai.

Posted on 03 April 2021, 18:11 IST


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