Vivo IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals (RR) English recruit Jos Buttler heaped praises on young skipper Sanju Samson. Buttler feels that it was a great learning experience for the rookie skipper and he has evolved as a player as the tournament progressed.
The Rajasthan Royals (RR) management replaced former skipper Steve Smith with Sanju Samson in January before the IPL 2021 Auctions.
“It was a great learning experience for him. And I think, as the tournament was going along, at the halfway stage, he was really growing into the role, looking to put together some better, more consistent performances towards the end of the season as a side,” Buttler said in a virtual interactive session arranged by the Royals.
Samson managed to lead his side to three wins in seven games before the elite T20 competition was suspended midway due to rising covid-19 cases in the bio-bubbles.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing under Sanju’s captaincy. I don’t think it changed him at all as a person. He’s quite a free spirited, very relaxed kind of guy and he tried to get that across to the team and that’s how he wanted us to play as a side.”
Buttler feels that to be a successful leader of the side one must be authentic and Sanju has all traits of that.
RR director of cricket operations Kumar Sangakkara was also present in the interactive live session where he applauded a couple of young guns of the side.
Sangakkara was highly impressed with Riyan Parag and said that he has the potential not only to serve Royals but also Indian cricket in the future.
“For us, Riyan Parag is a very, very special player. I think he’s got a huge amount to contribute to not just Royals, but also to Indian cricket in the future, a very special talent that needs care, nurturing and development.”
The 43-years old director eulogises Anuj Rawat, Yashashvi Jaiswal and Chetan Sakariya.
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