IPL 2021 – New Rajasthan Royals Captain Sanju Samson: Sanju Samson has declared that he is extremely honored to be selected as captain of the Rajasthan Royals team for IPL 2021. Samson is replacing Steve Smith, after the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, along with the seven others, announced the list of the retained and released cricketers ahead of the IPL 2021 auction last week.
Samson will now have a task at his hand at the IPL Auctions slated for Feb 18th. Royals have to fill 9 slots at the auctions, 3 being the overseas cricketers slots. Samson along with the team management will look to strategize Rajasthan Royals strategy at the IPL 2021 Auctions.
“It’s an absolute honour to have been announced as the captain of Rajasthan Royals. It’s a team that is so close to my heart, which I’ve been lucky enough to play for over the years, and I’m excited about the challenge that lies ahead of me as the leader of the team,” said Sanju to IPLT20’s official platform.
The stylish right-hander joined RR in 2013 and has thus far played 79 games for RR, scoring 1907 of his 2584 IPL runs. Samson, who was RR’s leading run-getter (375 runs from 14 matches) in IPL 2020, said he was “honoured” to be leading the side which is “close to his heart”.
Rajasthan Retained and Release Players List – Purse Remaining 34.85 Cr
Rajasthan Royals released Steve Smith ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, which allows them to add INR 12.5 Crore to their purse for the auction. Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara will join the franchise as the Director of Cricket. Squad: Sanju Samson (c), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra
Slots Remaining:9 (3 overseas)
Released: Steve Smith, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Akash Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Anirudha Joshi, Shashank Singh
With Wednesday’s announcement, Sanju became the third Indian after Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane to lead the RR unit and the Kerala and India cricketer said that he has learnt from the likes of Dravid, Rahane, Shane Watson and Smith – who have led RR.
“The Royals have had some wonderful captains over the years and I’m so grateful for all the time I’ve spent working with and learning from great leaders like Rahul Dravid, Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith!! I now cannot wait to get started and look forward to the season ahead,” said Sanju. said Sanju.