As the mega-auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 auction is getting close, it has emerged that Sanju Samson will be moving to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the next edition of the cash-rich league. Sanju has been an integral part of Rajasthan Royals (RR) during the last few seasons and has been their captain last season.
Some of the reports have suggested that CSK has poached Sanju Samson ahead of the IPL 2021, but the Royals offered full-time captaincy to him after off-loading Steve Smith who moved to Delhi Capitals. In that context, Sanju remained with the Royals, with whom he first rose to reckoning at the national level.
It may be recalled that Rahul Dravid, the current India coach, was the mentor of the Rajasthan side when Sanju Samson made his debut and made an impression with his performances. However, now there is no confirmation regarding Samson’s urge to join CSK, the current IPL champion, who are also looking for a solid wicketkeeper-batsman in place of MS Dhoni.
Though Dhoni had made it clear that he will not move away from Super Kings or retire from the IPL, the CSK will require a long-term backup for MS Dhoni. Sanju Samson fits that bill perfectly as he has shown that captaincy sits lightly with him as he made a good amount of runs and showed consistency as a batsman in the IPL 2021.
The rumour of Sanju joining Chennai Super Kings also gained fuel because the Kerala cricketer unfollowed Rajasthan Royals in the social media platforms and began to follow the CSK. The mega auction ahead of IPL 2022 will be held either in December or January but Sanju can still join the CSK ahead of it on mutual consent or trading with another player between the franchises.