New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals' new captain Sanju Samson has said that he never thought of becoming the captain of RR. He didn't expect to lead the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021.
During a recent interview on RR's official website, Samson explained that many things are going on in his head about the captaincy of the team but he would like to keep things easy. RR will begin their campaign on April 12 against Kings XI Punjab.
"I am very much looking forward to leading the Royals. Definitely, a lot of different thoughts are going through my mind, but I would like to keep it simple. I am happy to take on this role," he said.
"To be very honest, until last year, I never felt that I may possibly be the leader of the Royals. Our lead owner, Manoj Badale, told me that the franchise wants me to lead the team and asked me to take up this role," the wicketkeeper-batsman added.
Samson also added that he does not want to be like MS Dhoni, who was one of the best captains and wicketkeepers during his international cricket days.
"I don't think anyone can be like MS Dhoni. I would like to be myself. Sanju Samson will be good enough," he said.
"I would like to thank each and every fan out there for supporting our team and being with us no matter what. I'll make sure that we play some good cricket for you guys and bring a smile on your faces. Thanks a lot, guys," said Samson.
Twenty-seven-year-old Samson, however now has two responsibilities to deal with this year. He will be required to not only perform with the bat but also prove himself to be an able leader.
Samson has played 107 matches in the IPL, scoring 2582 runs at an average of 27.78. He smashed two centuries and 13 fifties in IPL matches.