IPL 2022: Kumar Sangakkara Lauds Sanju Samson, Calls Him A "Fantastic, Destructive, And A Match-Winner"

Published - 21 Mar 2022, 03:38 PM | Updated - 21 Mar 2022, 09:52 PM

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo: IPL)

Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, has praised Sanju Samson as one of the best T20 players, adding that keeping him in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the 2022 season was a no-brainer.

After making his IPL debut for the franchise in 2013, Samson will captain Rajasthan Royals for the second season in a row.

Kumar Sangakkara
Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara. Credits: IPL

He has grown in size over the years, and his impressive batsmanship in the last two seasons earned him a recall to the Indian side for the recent T20I series against Sri Lanka at home.

Sangakkara, the Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket and head coach, praised the youngster’s destructive batting and termed him a match-winner during the Clubhouse talk on Red Bull Cricket. He also complimented his captaincy skills.

“Regardless of whether he is the captain or the future of RR, he is one of the best T20 players,” remarked the head coach.

“He is a terrific player, destructive, match-winner, and possesses all of the qualities that a batter should possess.” Before I took over last season, he was captain. I’ve grown to respect and admire him as a person. He’s quite enthusiastic about RR. He started here, and he appreciates it.”

“He’s a captain who’s not afraid to say that he doesn’t know everything and that he’ll learn as he goes. He’s born with natural leadership skills. He’ll keep getting better and better.

Sanju Samson will lead the Rajasthan Royals

With each passing day, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 edition draws closer, and supporters are losing their cool. The Rajasthan Royals were one of the most outstanding teams at the tournament, as they made some excellent selections and emerged with a powerful team.

Rajasthan Royals new look jersey for IPL 2022
Rajasthan Royals new look jersey for IPL 2022

In the batting department, the team will be led by Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, and Shimron Hetmyer, while the bowling attack will be led by Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Samson scored 484 runs in 14 games in the IPL 2021, averaging 40.33 with a strike rate of 136.72, including a century and two half-centuries. In 2020, he hit three half-centuries and scored 375 runs in as many games at a strike rate of 158.89.

Rajasthan Royals squad:

Sanju Samson (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Karun Nair, Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell

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