IPL 2021: ‘The relationship is going to be really special’, Samson excited to work alongside Sangakkara

Sanju Samson will lead Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming edition of IPL.

Sanju Samson | BCCI/IPLHaving been appointed as Rajasthan Royals' (RR) captain, Sanju Samson is looking forward to quite a few things when he leads the side during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, starting April 9.

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His maiden tenure as IPL captain will also give him an opportunity to work with one of the legends of the game – Kumar Sangakkara.

Earlier this year, the inaugural IPL champions had named the former Sri Lanka captain as their director of cricket.

Sangakkara, who played 134 Tests, 404 ODIs, and 56 T20Is for Sri Lanka from 2000-2015, will be responsible for overseeing the entire cricketing ecosystem of Royal's franchise including coaching structure, auction plans, and team strategy, talent discovery, and development, as well as the development of the Royals Academy in Nagpur.

"When I came to know we are having Sanga, I got very excited. I am very happy that we are going to have Sanga for the next season and the next few years," Samson said while responding to fans' questions for Rajasthan Royals.

"It's an honour to have him alongside, especially when I am the captain and he is the coach. The relationship is going to be really special. Looking forward to meeting him and learning a lot of things from him," he added.

Sanju Samson was handed Rajasthan’s captaincy after the franchise released Steve Smith ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.

Even though international stars as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are part of Royal’s squad, Samson got the nod for the high-profile position.  

"I am very much excited to do this role for my team. I started being a Royal when I was 18 and now I am 26 - the team has given me this role, I am really excited and looking forward to it," he remarked.

Rajasthan Royals will begin their IPL 2021 campaign against Punjab Kings (PBKS at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 12.


By Salman Anjum - 30 Mar, 2021

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