Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson has opened up that getting retained by his franchise was a natural decision. That’s because the management is looking at him as a long-term prospect as captain.
The Royals on Tuesday has announced that their retention list before the upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction. And, they picked Samson (Rs 14 crore) as the first player on the retention list as well. Samson has been a part of the team ever since he made his IPL debut a decade ago.
He said: “It was a pretty natural decision actually. So I’ve been a part of RR since the day I started playing my first IPL game, so definitely it was something expected,” said Samson in a video shared by Rajasthan Royals on YouTube.
“It’s a really great moment for me. The trust shown by the franchise and the coaches and the supporting staff trusting in me to do this role. I think, definitely, I am a very young captain and very much excited to experience a lot of things and learn and become better as a cricketer as well as a leader of an IPL team,” he further added.
Sanju Samson was appointed the captain of the Royals prior to the 14th IPL season earlier this year. While the team failed to do well, he had a great campaign with the bat. In 14 games, he had scored 484 runs at an average of 40.33 as well. Samson, however, revealed that the franchise had cleared it last season that they were looking at him as a long-term prospect when he was given the captaincy role.
“From the moment I was made the leader, it was very clear from the franchise that they were looking at me leading the team for a longer period. So, the words were exchanged much before this retention and whatever process we went through,” he shared.
Sanju Samson also opens up on the retentions of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal as well as the franchise will try to make a good team also.
He said: “Having Jos with me, I have really enjoyed batting with him. From the last 2-3 years, I have really enjoyed batting with him. From the last 2-3 years, we have had different and interesting partnerships, and he has single-handedly won us lots of different matches.
He expressed: “He has a very great personality. He is a great person on and off the field. And he is definitely the main member of our core group. I really look forward to learning a lot of things from Jos. Having Jos again with us in the coming season, it’s a really exciting time to look forward to”
He also opened up on the rookie uncapped opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (Rs 4 crores). On Jaiswal’s retention, Sanju Samson has said that the left-hander reminded him of his initial days when Rajasthan Royals had retained him. The Royals now have Rs 62 crores left in their purse.
“As for Yashasvi Jaiswal, everyone in the RR franchise or everyone in Indian cricket is very excited to experience a person like Yashasvi Jaiswal. The way he bats, he definitely has a great future ahead,” said Samson.”When I look at Jaiswal, I remember my old days. When I was retained at the age of 19, the same thing happened with Jaiswal. Being retained as a youngster and playing for RR, I think it’s definitely a great opportunity for any youngster. I see some of my old days when I see him getting retained so young,” Sanju Samson concluded.