Rajasthan Royals started the season of IPL 2023 with a bang, and it seemed that they are going to repeat the same performance of the 2022 season. However, the team got diverted in the mid-season, and they failed to secure a spot in the playoffs. The Royals won four out of their first six matches with a good run rate, but they failed to continue this momentum. They faced four losses in the next five games, all due to inconsistent batting.
The captain of Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson, had some good performance with the bat this season but he failed to convert the starts into a big score on many occasions. In the 14 matches he played this season, he scored 362 runs after this, many veterans showed their disappointment with Sanju and gave him some opinion.
According to S Sreesanth, the legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar advised the Rajasthan Royals captain to spend more time at the crease during the IPL 2023. However, Samson chose to follow his batting approach instead of going on with Gavaskar’s advice. This suggests that Samson did not change his batting strategy recommended by the Little Master.
While talking to Star Sports, Sreesanth said, “I support Sanju because he played under my captaincy in U-14. In the past 4-5 years, when I see him as a cricketer, I’ve always told him to perform in first-class cricket, not just IPL. Produce consistent performances. Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant – both were and still are ahead of him. Pant is not there, but he will make a comeback. I met him recently, he firmly believes he can return within 6-to-8 months.”
He further added, “But in this IPL, the way Sanju got out in 2-3 matches straight, Gavaskar sir told him, ‘give yourself at least 10 balls. Read the wicket. We know you have a lot of talent. Even if you have 0 runs in 12 balls, you can score 50 in 25’. When RR lost in one of their last matches in the league phase, Sanju said, ‘No, my style is to play like this only’. I couldn’t digest that.”