"I am different from Dravid or Dhoni"- Sanju Samson on his role as Rajasthan Royals skipper
Unfortunately, Rajasthan Royals ended the tournament as the runners-up after a stellar performance throughout the 2022 season. They were the team that played dominating cricket but lost the championship after coming so close to the title. The whole team, led by Sanju Samson, had one of the best seasons of the franchise in IPL history.
This was also only the second time in 15 years that RR qualified for the finals. However, they lost the all-important match against Gujarat Titans, but have earned the appreciation of many former cricketers. The way Sanju Samson led his team was commendable, and many liked his captaincy style.
His calm and composed way of leading the team has certainly given the Rajasthan Royals some good results. He didn't panic in the tough situations, and his decisions were equally good. Many fans have also compared his calm way of captaincy with that of Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni. But Samson had something else to say.
He took the captaincy role last season and surprised everyone with some extraordinary performances. He also batted really well throughout the season. The RR skipper added 458 runs in 17 innings and the impressive thing about him was the rate at which he was scoring runs. Samson had a really good strike rate of 146.79 in the season.
However, he had said earlier that he didn't want to copy the captaincy style of Dravid and MS Dhoni. Last year, in a discussion with Malayalam film director Basil Joseph, he stated that he admires these two legends and always follows them. But he doesn't want to mimic their style.
During an interview with Indian Express after being named RR captain, he stated, "I am different from Dravid or Dhoni, or anyone else. So, I try to be as natural as I am."
The RR skipper has closely worked with Rahul Dravid during his stay with the "A" side. Speaking about that period, Samson stated that his speeches were always motivating and gave you extra motivation to do your best. He added, "That’s the atmosphere we are trying to create in Rajasthan."