Ravichandran Ashwin was purchased by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 5 crores at the IPL 2022 auction. The Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals battled it out for the right-arm spinner in their respective squads. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals were able to recruit him into their club.
In terms of batting ability, Ravichandran Ashwin believes Sanju Samson is on par with Rohit Sharma. The 35-year-old expressed admiration for Samson’s batting style.
Since his Under-19 days, the Rajasthan Royals captain has wowed with his eye-catching stroke play. Samson has drawn compared to Rohit Sharma because of his propensity for pull shots and clean hitting. At the highest level, though, he has suffered from consistency.
“Sanju’s batsmanship has always impressed me. Rohit was a favourite of mine in the past. We played well together, and I believe Rohit is a fantastic player, as is Sanju. It’s just that he hasn’t yet broken through those barriers on a global scale. But I believe it will be a matter of time.”
Ravichandran Ashwin talks about his bond with Samson:
Being from neighbouring Southern states, the Rajasthan Royals duo has a lot of culture in common (Samson – Kerala, Ashwin – Tamil Nadu). In the coming IPL 2022, Ashwin will now be led by Samson.
It’s been one of those, you know, younger brother-elder brother feelings. Sanju is a lover, and I believe we have a connection on a deeper fundamental level. Sanju keeps an eye on things.
I’m from Tamil Nadu, and he’s from Kerala; he likes Tamil films and is a great movie enthusiast, much like me. From there, we begin to connect. If you engage with movies as a South Indian, you don’t need anything else.”
Sanju is someone with whom I’ve always had pleasant chats. He doesn’t even refer to me by my given name; rather, he talks to me as Anna, which means “older brother.” It is the kind of respect we have for each other.
On March 29, the new-look Rajasthan Royals will face Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MCA Stadium in Pune to kick off their IPL 2022 campaign.