Rajasthan Royals' newly-appointed captain Sanju Samson has reckoned that no one can be like legendary Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni. Responding to his comparisons with Dhoni, the 26-year-old added that being "Sanju Samson was good enough".
The wicketkeeper-batsman has been time and again compared with the former India skipper for his attacking form of cricket and calm demeanour. The comparisons, last year, gained momentum after Samson played some blistering innings in the starting few matches of the 2008 champions.
What an absolutely incredible win for @rajasthanroyals ! I’ve known @iamSanjuSamson for a decade & told him when he was 14 that he would one day be the next MS Dhoni. Well, that day is here. After his two amazing innings in this IPL you know a world class player has arrived.— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 27, 2020
"I don't think anyone can be like MS Dhoni. I would like to be myself. Sanju Samson will be good enough," the Rajasthan Royals website quoted Samson as saying ahead of the IPL 2021.
Never thought I could become the leader of Royals
The wicketkeeper-batsman has a long association with Rajasthan Royals but he never ever imagined of leading the franchise one day. The Kerala-born batsman revealed that the team owner himself called and asked him to take up the baton. Notably, Steve Smith, who captained the Rajasthan-based franchise in IPL 13, was released ahead of the upcoming season.
"To be very honest, until last year, I never felt that I may possibly be the leader of the Royals.
"Our own owner, Manoj Badale told me that the franchise wants me to lead the team and asked me to take this role," Samson said.
The young leader is happy with the players acquired in the IPL 2021 mini-auction in Chennai. He has stated that every member of the team will play a crucial role in the upcoming edition.
"I think our team management did a fantastic job in the auction and we got almost every player we wanted. Each and every player's role is going to be crucial in this season," said Samson.
IPL 2021 will begin on April 9 with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) clashing against each other in the tournament opener. Rajasthan Royals will play their first game on April 12 against Punjab Kings in Mumbai.