Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson downplayed talks about their title drought, saying the franchise gives him the freedom and not put undue pressure. Samson’s comments came after the inaugural edition winners kicked off the IPL 2022 season with a dominant 61-run win over SunRisers Hyderabad Tuesday in Pune.
Sanju Samson, who was part of the Rajasthan Royals from the 2013 season, took over from Australian Steve Smith as the Rajasthan captain for last season. However, the Kerala striker was unable to reverse the team’s fate as they finished second from the latter in 2021 after a string of injuries. Rajasthan last qualified for the playoffs in 2018, after which they finished 7th, 8th and 7th.
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However, after adding a lot of firepower and experience, Rajasthan looked like a well-rounded squad and they fit the bill on Tuesday, comfortably surpassing SRH in a one-sided match to kick off their campaign with a bang.
“I think we have big dreams every season. I think it’s a franchise that really takes care of its players. It doesn’t put too much pressure like you’re giving me now. It keeps it as simple as possible. She trusts the players during the tournament,” said Sanju Samson in response to commentator Danny Morrison.
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“We will look at it game by game. We know it is a very difficult tournament, with a lot of good sides and I think we will keep it simple and see how it goes,” he added.
Rajasthan Royals continued the likes of Jos Buttler, Yasasvi Jaiswal along with Captain Samson and added many veteran stars in Trent Boult, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal as they did good business on the mega auction. The addition of players like Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal and Prasidh Krishna also brought early results in the opening match.
Samson said he gave his input before RR went to the auction table and helped a good leader like Kumar Sangakkara, their director of Cricket.
“Yes, I had something to say. With a leader like Sanga (Sangakkara), he gave me the last option. Fortunately everyone, many cricket brains have worked together to get a good squad,” he added.
‘GAME AWARENESS KEY’
Samson, who recently earned a recall from the Indian national side, continued his good run, hitting 55 in just 27 balls. The skipper took the attack of the SunRisers to the cleaners and reached 5 sixes and 3 limits when the Royals placed 210 on the board.
Speaking about his behind-the-scenes work, Samson added: “No long-term goals, I just want to win as much as possible and contribute to the team’s victory. Working on my fitness, game awareness, understanding the circumstances and choosing my scoring options. Don’t rush I would like to spend a lot of time in the middle, knowing that I can catch up at any time.”