RR captain Sanju Samson on Kumar Sangakkara: My first memory of Sanga is definitely his cover drive

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Indian Premier League: Rajasthan Royals’ newly-appointed skipper is looking forward to working closely with former Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who is regarded as the best wicketkeeper batsman of the modern era.

Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara will be working with captain Sanju Samson at Rajasthan Royals (AFP Photo)

Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara will be working with captain Sanju Samson at Rajasthan Royals (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • RR captain Sanju Samson is excited to work closely with Kumar Sangakkara
  • Sangakkara was appointed as the franchise’s Director of Cricket ahead of IPL 2021
  • My first memory of Sanga is definitely his cover drive and I loved his batting: Samson

Rajasthan Royals' newly-appointed captain Sanju Samson is excited to work closely with the franchise’s Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara in the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The wicketkeeper-batsman was appointed captain after the franchise released Steve Smith from the squad.

The former Sri Lanka captain was roped in by Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2021, which is starting on April 9. Having been appointed as the Director of Cricket, Sangakkara will be in charge of overseeing the entire cricketing ecosystem of the Royals franchise, including coaching structure, auction plans and team strategy, talent discovery and development, as well as the development of the Royals Academy in Nagpur.

"Yes, I am very much looking forward to leading the Royals. Definitely, a lot of different thoughts are going through my mind, but I would like to keep it simple. I am happy to take on this role," the Rajasthan Royals website quoted Samson as saying.

"To be very honest, until last year, I never felt that I may possibly be the leader of the Royals," he added.

A great batsman of the modern era, and a former wicketkeeper, adds a lot of value to the RR side which is lead by a wicketkeeper.

"My first memory of Sanga is definitely his cover drive and I loved his batting. This is a dream come true and it was very exciting to know that I will be working so closely with a legend like Kumar Sangakkara," said Samson.

"If you look up to people like Rahul Dravid, Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, or Ricky Ponting, they are legends of their time. Everyone was so evenly balanced and everything they did, it looked perfect. I am waiting to learn every side of Sangakkara in this IPL season," he added.

The IPL opener will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 9. Rajasthan Royals will start their IPL 2021 campaign on April 12 as they lock horns with Punjab Kings in Mumbai.

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