Sanju Samson to lead Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021
Ahead of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, the Rajasthan Royals made some tough decisions as they decided to release their skipper, Steve Smith. RR had finished at the bottom of the table last season with just 6 wins out of 14.
The Australian player’s poor form was a major concern as he was also occupying one of the overseas slots in the final eleven. In IPL 2020, the right-handed batsman could score just 311 runs at an average of 25.91 with a strike rate of 131.22.
So, the franchise has decided to release the Australian batsman and made the Indian player as their captain. Steve Smith, who has been one of the important players of the franchise over the years, has been named as the skipper for IPL 2021.
The 26-year-old had an average season last year as he could score 375 runs at an average of 28.84 and strike rate of 158.89. Even though he started the season with back to back fifties, he could score just three fifties by the end of the league.
“It’s an absolute honour to have been announced as the captain of Rajasthan Royals. It’s a team that is so close to my heart, which I’ve been lucky enough to play for over the years, and I’m excited about the challenge that lies ahead of me as the leader of the team.
“The Royals have had some wonderful captains over the years and I’m so grateful for all the time I’ve spent working with and learning from great leaders like Rahul Dravid, Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith!! I now cannot wait to get started and look forward to the season ahead,” Sanju Samson said as quoted by India Today.