Captain Sanju Samson returns with his head held high despite falling near the cup. Sanju Samson led Rajasthan Royals to the Finals. He showed strong maturity as a captain, was not overly enthusiastic about victories, did not lose his confidence in defeats, and successfully led his team into the finals. Despite fading in the final, his performance with the bat was outstanding scoring 458 runs in 17 games.
According to Sanju, it was a special season for Rajasthan Royals. As the wicketkeeper-batsman said after the match. ” It was a special season for us. In the last two or three seasons, we have only disappointed the fans. This time to give them something to rejoice over. I’m proud of my team. Ours is a team where young and senior players play together. But the final day did not shine. ” Sanju clarified.
The setback was the over-reliance on Jos Buttler’s batting prowess. Despite leading the orange cap chase with 863 runs, Rajasthan struggled every time Buttler fell. Yashaswi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal failed to play consistently. Shimron Hetmeyer, who returned home during the tournament, lost his rhythm early on.
The spinners R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal underperformed in the finals. But for Sanju and his team, this was definitely a special season to give the fans more moments to rejoice than in the previous seasons.
The defeat of Rajasthan was a sad moment for the Malayalees. The huge crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium consisted of many fans from Kerala only to witness Sanju Samson’s crowning. Some did not wait until the final ball as the match was one-sided after one stage. “ An IPL team led by a Mallu” was the emotion carried on through all fans in and out of the stadium but coming to a losing effort. But as a captain what Sanju did was precious to the team in the tournament and it was indeed something to be proud of the Keralites who raised support for Sanju and Rajasthan.
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