Rajasthan Royals have taken a bold move ahead of IPL 2021 as they have released star Australian batsman Steve Smith from the squad and named Sanju Samson as the captain of the side for the upcoming edition of the tournament. Rajasthan Royals had finished on the bottom of the IPL 2020 points table.
Notably, Steve Smith was in a lot of controversies after the pitch scuffing incident took place in the Sydney Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, concluded on Tuesday. The reason, however, that has surfaced, is the fact that Smith’s own performance with the bat has been poor for the franchise in the last season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).
Rajasthan Royals Name Sanu Samson As Their Captain For IPL 2021
Rajasthan Royals have retianed as many as 17 players from their 2020 squad which includes the newly appointed skipper Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Mayank Markande, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal and Manan Vohra.
Steve Smith, Ankit Rajpoot, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas have been released by the Rajasthan-based franchise.
A new chapter begins now. ?
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 20, 2021
Sanju Samson Had A Decent IPL 2020 Campaign
Sanju Samson had a decent IPL 2020 campaign last year in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He played all the 14 matches for Rajasthan Royals and scored 375 runs at an average of 28.84. However, Rajasthan Royals finished last in the IPL 2020 as they had one of their poorest campaigns.
In the IPL so far, Samson has scored 2584 runs in 107 matches at an average of 27.78 with 13 half-centuries and 2 centuries in the tournament so far. His highest score in the tournament has been 102 runs not out.