New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals’ new captain Sanju Samson has said that he never thought of becoming the captain of RR. He didn’t expect to lead the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. Before the news was made public, he was sharing the news with his close circle—his parents and wife Charu. “It was tough keeping it to myself,” he said with a smile. “I got some nice congratulatory messages from Virat Bhai, Rohit Bhai, and Mahi Bhai,” Samson recalled.

In this conversation with Hindustan Times before the 2021 IPL season, the wicketkeeper-batsman from Kerala speaks about leadership in his recent interview.

Earlier, he has given an interview on RR’s official website, Samson explained that many things are going on in his head about the captaincy of the team but he would like to keep things easy. RR will begin their campaign on April 12 against Kings XI Punjab.

1. You’ve captained Kerala, its U-19 team, and also the India U-19 team once before. What has your leadership experience been like?

I look at captaincy as more of a service to the team. The Royals have a quality bunch of great players and amazing support staff backing them. I’ve known most of them for years; they are like family. So, I’m in a comfortable space with the people I have around me. I have been part of the Royals since my teen days in 2013. Playing for one team for this long to now becoming captain, it’s a proud moment.

2. RR finished last in the previous season. What’s your vision for the team in this new season?

I don’t think we did too much wrong in the last season. If you look at our XI on paper, we’re one of the best. So I would like to tell everyone that we are a great bunch of players and we just need to play some good cricket. If we are in the right mindset as a team, I believe good things are ahead of us. This format demands a lot of fearless cricket, be it in batting, bowling, or fielding. It’s all about speed, power, and expressing yourself. That’s what I expect from my team.

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