Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson has called the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction an extremely important one for his franchise, as they aim to build a base for the next 5-6 years by picking players in the two-day event.
Rajasthan Royals finished 7th on the IPL 2021 points table in what was Sanju Samson’s first full edition as the captain of the franchise, which won the Indian Premier League in 2008 under the captaincy of Shane Warne, who continues to be the mentor of the franchise.
Ahead of the IPL 2022, the RR franchise retained three players in the form of Sanju Samson (14 crores), Jos Buttler (10 crores), and Yashasvi Jaiswal (4 crores). They will be entering the IPL 2022 mega auction with a purse of INR 62 crore and will wish that their extensive process, which involves scouting, observing, analyzing, and evaluating several players will give them rich results.
Our Goal Is To Now Target The Ones We Think Align With Our Vision: Sanju Samson On IPL 2022 Auction
Known for being pioneers in technology adoption, across the IPL, the Royals have embraced several tools and technologies for monitoring and performance measurement purposes. They have rich data gathered from a larger global pool of players i.e close to 2000 – which means every single player who has played in any T20 league, either domestic or overseas, is monitored.
Talking about the IPL 2022 auction, Sanju Samson said in an official release: “This auction is really important because we know we could very well be preparing our base for the next 5-6 years. So, we’ve made sure to track everyone and give the opportunity to as many players as possible during the trials. Our goal is to now target the ones we think align with our vision, can embrace our values, and help our team get back to the top.”
RR head coach and director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara talked about the detailed research and data analysis the franchise has done, which may come in handy on bidding on some names that may not have been the absolute superstars to the common eye but are vital in the larger scheme of things.
“Our analytical assessments are detailed, right from the information we’ve collected on players to getting them integrated into a central database. We further filter the data, backed with a robust analytic process which enables us to arrive at the right metrics further refining our overall player identification process. It’s really quite a comprehensive process,” said Sangakkara.
The 5th mega auction in the history of the IPL will happen on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.