Rajasthan Royals confirmed Sanju Samson as captain for IPL 2022

Sanju Samson has been kept as the captain of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) for the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The skipper has signed a contract for INR 14 crores after becoming the first player retained by RR for the 2018 season of the cash-rich league, according to sources.

After Steve Smith transferred to the Delhi Capitals, who are now headed by Rishabh Pant, the Royals named Samson as their captain for the 2021 IPL. The Royals had placed Samson at the top of their list of athletes they sought to maintain before the retention deadline closed on November 30, if rumours are to be true.

According to one reliable source, England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, Briton Jofra Archer, young Indian batter Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Three Lions all-rounder Liam Livingstone are the other frontrunners for the retention. Samson was selected by the Royals for the 2018 IPL at a cost of INR 8 crores.

Samson had a fantastic season as a batter in 2021. With an average of 40.33 and a strike rate of 136.72, the right-hander racked up 484 runs. Samson's contributions were rewarded with two half-centuries, as well as a maximum score of 119 against the Punjab Kings, led by KL Rahul.

His squad, on the other hand, lied to mislead, and the Royals failed to make the playoffs. The captain and his team won five of their 14 games and ended eighth in the points standings with a -0.993 net run rate. The Royals have also spent a lot of money on Buttler, Archer, and Ben Stokes, in addition to Samson.

All three players were unable to participate in the IPL's second leg in the United Arab Emirates. Archer has been part of the club since the 2018 season, but he was out due to injury the prior year. In 2020, when the Royals were unable to go past the first round, he was also named Player of the Tournament.

Because Samson is the first of the four members engaged by the Royals, INR 16 crores will be deducted from the Royals' account rather than INR 14 crores.

There's also no word on whether RR will keep Stokes, who has been out of cricket for a while due to mental health difficulties.