Samson-Sangakkara (photo credit: twitter)
New Delhi, 7 April The Rajasthan Royals team, which is coming up with a structural change, will come up with the goal of creating a new legacy, but the Indian Premier League tournament winner may lose chances in the upcoming IPL before a weak Indian contingent and over-reliance on foreign players. is. The Royals, who finished last in the previous season, have made changes in both the management and the team for the new season. Sanju Samson has been appointed as the captain in place of Steve Smith, who was released from the team, while former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara has been appointed as the Director of Cricket, replacing coach Andrew Macdonald. In order to strengthen the fast bowling attack that relied heavily on Jofra Archer, the Royals bought South Africa all-rounder Chris Maurice for a whopping sum of Rs 16 crore 25 lakh, making him the most expensive player in IPL history. Archer, the best player of the tournament last season, has been ruled out of the opening matches of the IPL due to injury, which has shocked the team. The team will play Punjab Kings in their first match on 12 April in Mumbai. Talking about the strong side of the team, it has many aggressive batsmen. The team has two match-winning players in the form of Jose Butler and Ben Stokes while there is no dearth of talent in Samson.
The team has two aggressive batsmen in the form of David Miller and Maurice of South Africa. England’s T20 specialist Liam Livingstone is also able to change the course of the match. All-rounder Rahul Tewatia, who performed brilliantly in the last season, has shown his ability to play big shots. As Sangakkara, the Royals have a strong strategist who has a lot of cricket experience to share. However, there is no big Indian player in the team and there is no consistency in the performance of domestic players. Samson has rarely performed well in five consecutive matches in the last few years. In the year 2018, fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat, who was bought for Rs 11 crore 50 lakh, has not been able to perform as expected, while Manan Vohra has performed effectively on a few occasions. In such a situation, the team has to depend on young players like Ryan Parag, fast bowler Karthik Tyagi and Yashasvi Jaiswal. The Royals have bought some players for a huge amount, but most of the players, apart from Stokes, did not live up to the expectation. Samson’s form and consistency have always been questioned. He also failed to capitalize on some of the opportunities found in T20 internationals. This will however be a great opportunity for him to show his skills and leadership abilities, which can strengthen his claim to a place in the national team. ALSO READ: IPL 2021: Big shock to RCB before IPL, now Daniel Symes becomes Corona positive
Samson does not have much captaincy experience and this responsibility may also have an impact on his batting. This right-handed aggressive batsman may not have been able to bat with as much freedom after being given the responsibility of captaincy. Royals may also suffer loss of their inexperience on important occasions. The team won the matches due to a great individual performance last season but failed to work as a team. The team is heavily reliant on Archer and despite the presence of Maurice, the absence of the English bowler makes the team’s pace bowling attack look weak. The team will be expected to join Archer as soon as possible. A weak Indian contingent and an over-reliance on foreign players could prove to be a danger bell for the team.
Teams are as follows:
Sanju Samson (captain), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Ryan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markandey, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Karthik Tyagi , Shivam Dubey, Chris Maurice, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakaria, Casey Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldeep Yadav and Akash Singh.