New Delhi: Malayalee cricketer Sanju Samson will captain the IPL team Rajasthan Royals. The Rajasthan Royals announced the new captain on social media. Sanju will replace Steve Smith, who captained the team last season. It was under Sanju’s captaincy that Kerala defeated the mighty Mumbai and Delhi teams in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
The Rajasthan Royals also tweeted their gratitude to Steve Smith for leading the team so far. The Rajasthan Royals finished last in the 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE this time due to the expansion of Kovid. The Rajasthan Royals have announced that they will retain 17 players from the current squad for the new season. The remaining eight players will be released.
Though a newcomer to the team in India, Sanju is the most experienced Indian player in the Rajasthan Royals. It was in this situation that the star was chosen as the captain. He has been a Rajasthan Royals player for a long time in the IPL. He has also played for Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. Sanju said he sees the new responsibility of leading the Rajasthan Royals as an honor.
‘The appointment as the captain of the Rajasthan Royals is truly an honor. This is a team that has always been close to my heart. I have had the good fortune to play for this team for a long time. As a captain, I look forward to new challenges with the team, ”said Sanju.
‘I have had the good fortune to play for the Rajasthan Royals under a number of legendary captains. I consider myself lucky to have been able to play and learn from the likes of Rahul Dravid, Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith. Now we are waiting for the new season ‘- said Sanju.
English Summary: Rajasthan Royals release their captain Steve Smith, Sanju Samson named captain