Rajasthan Royals have captained Sanju Samson for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Earlier Steve Smith was the captain of the team, which was released this year by the franchise team. Samson said that when he was made captain, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma messaged him. Samson, in an interview to Hindustan Times, also answered questions about the team’s directors of cricket, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Morris.
Samson said that before his announcement of his captaincy, he was told that it was going to happen. He said that it was difficult to keep it to himself, so he shared this good news with his parents and wife Charu. Samson said that when this news was made public, he received some very sweet congratulatory messages. He said, ‘I got some love greetings messages from Virat Bhai, Dhoni Bhai and Rohit Bhai.’
Samson, who captained Kerala’s Under-19 team and India’s Under-19 team, said he sees the captaincy as a service to the team. According to him, it is the captain’s job to provide such an atmosphere in the team, so that every person in the team can back each other. He also said that he believes that the captain is as good as his team. He said, ‘Since 2013 I have been playing for this franchise team. It is a matter of pride for a team to play for so many years and get its captaincy after that. Regarding Sangakkara, he said, ‘Sanga is a great player, not only for his cricket but he is a great person to talk about. Because of them, there is a lot of pressure on me. I feel lucky to be in his team. He said about Chris Morris ‘role in the team,’ I don’t want to put too much pressure on him. Everyone will have a big role in the team. We are excited about Maurice.