The Rajasthan Royals (RR) had a below-par Indian Premier League (IPL) season last year as they finished with the wooden spoon despite having a good start to the tournament. The side led by Steve Smith suffered from patches of inconsistency and despite boasting of some excellent talent, they weren’t able to do justice to the same. The death bowling was especially a big concern.
This time around, RR decided to release their skipper Smith and instead appointed Sanju Samson as the skipper. They also made some excellent buys at the auction such as those of the costliest buy in IPL history, Chris Morris. They would thus want to come up with a much better showing.
Sanju Samson speaks on being appointed as skipper
Speaking to Hindustan Times about being appointed as captain, Sanju Samson said, “I look at captaincy as more of a service to the team. A captain is someone who is there to provide the right kind of atmosphere that every individual requires in a team and backs each one of them. It’s a lot about man-management skills—giving positive feedback to your players, understanding where they are coming from.”
“The fact that my team and the franchise trust me to do this job gives great confidence that there is something in me. I firmly believe that a captain is only good if the team is good. The Royals have a quality bunch of great players and amazing support staff backing them,” he added.
Samson then recalled as to how he received messages upon his appointment. “I got some nice congratulatory messages from Virat bhai, Rohit bhai and Mahi bhai,” he said.
RR open their IPL campaign against the Punjab Kings on the 12th of April.