2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen a few young and talented skippers which also included Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson. Meanwhile, leading a team in the cash-rich league is not at all easy as the team consists of overseas players as well. And, England’s Jos Buttler applauded his IPL team’s captain Sanju Samson, who led Rajasthan Royals in the recently-suspended IPL 2021.
Notably, he took over the reins from Australia player Steve Smith, who has played for Delhi Capitals at the IPL 2021 mini-auction as well. Jos Buttler has observed that Sanju Samson has done quite well in the tournament before it was postponed due to the Covid-19 situation in the country. However, Samson was the leading run-scorer as he scored a century and amassed 277 runs in 7 matches as well.
“It was a great learning experience for him. And I think, as the tournament was going along, at the halfway stage, he was really growing into the role, looking to put together some better, more consistent performances towards the end of the season as a side,” Jos Buttler said in a virtual interactive session arranged by the Royals.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who smashed 124 off 64 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad, said that he enjoyed playing under Sanju Samson.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing under Sanju’s captaincy. I don’t think it changed him at all as a person. He’s quite a free spirited, very relaxed kind of guy and he tried to get that across to the team and that’s how he wanted us to play as a side. It is really important as a leader to be authentic, and I think Sanju is very much that,” Buttler concluded.
Rajasthan Royals, under Samson’s leadership, won three of their first seven games and finished at fifth in the points table of IPL 2021 as well. However, the inaugural champions would like to maintain their form from where they left whenever the tournament starts again.