Rajasthan Royals’ newly appointed skipper Sanju Samson has said that his team will be aiming for stability in the opening department in the 14th season of the Indian Premier League.
Rajasthan Royals finished at the bottom of the pile last season and one of the major reasons behind their abysmal performance was the constant chop and change in personnel at the top of the order.
The Royals tried as many as five different opening combinations last year. With Ben Stokes excelling in his role at the top of the order, he is set to be the first-choice opener while there could be a toss-up between Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler as far as Stokes’ partner is concerned.
“Actually, it depends, me and Sanga will be trying to give the best combination for the team. From my point of view, it is crucial to give an individual or opening partners enough time in the tournament. So, a bit of stability will be seen in the tournament and the rest is dependent upon how we go ahead,” Sanju Samson said in a virtual press conference on Sunday.
When asked about his teams’ approach for the 14th season, Sanju Samson said-
“Nothing much has to be changed, I truly believe in my own players and all supporting staff. It is all about trusting yourself and going there and expressing yourself.”
The Kerala swashbuckler further added that the team will continue to play an aggressive brand of cricket.
“This format demands that kind of attitude. We like to believe that everyone is thinking with the almost same mindset so the players’ mindset is almost the same to go out and play some good cricket and enjoy their fearless attitude. That is what we stick to and that is what this tournament demands. So, we keep it that way,” Samson added.
Sanju Samson will make his captaincy debut when Rajasthan Royals lock horns with Punjab Kings in their campaign opener in Mumbai on April 12.