Three captaincy replacement options available for Rajasthan Royals

Three captaincy replacement options available for Rajasthan Royals

The Delhi Daredevils were led by Ajinkya Rahane in IPL 2018.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer of the Rajasthan Royals celebrates. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Rajasthan Royals had a roller coaster ride in the IPL 2018. They started off poorly with a 9 wicket defeat against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their comeback game in the IPL. They managed to win a couple of games after that defeat and then lost their plot horribly in the middle stage of the tournament. Towards the end of the season, they found their success mantra again and managed to make it to the playoffs.

Riding on the record breaking form of Jos Buttler, they set up their Eliminator date with the Kolkata Knight Riders. They lost the Eliminator to finish 4th in the tournament. The season was a decent one for them and Ajinkya Rahane did a fair job as the captain. He tried a lot of things to aid balance to the side but could not lift the title for his team.

Now, the Rajasthan Royals can actually think of relieving Rahane from his captaincy duties so that he can focus on his game a lot more. Also, the team can think of a captaincy change to bring more enthusiasm in the side as they take the field in IPL 2019. Here we pick three players who can be potential replacements of Ajinkya Rahane as the captain of the Royals camp next season.

Here are the three captaincy replacement options available for Rajasthan Royals:

1. Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals in action. (Photo by: IANS)

Young batsman Sanju Samson has been a batting mainstay of the Rajasthan Royals over the years. Samson fared decently well in IPL 2018. He scored 441 runs in the 14 matches that he played in the tournament this year. He averaged over 30 with the bat. Had there not been a form slump in the mid stages of the season, the Royals could have finished a lot higher in the points table.

Samson’s best was on display in Bengaluru when he smashed an unbeaten 92 in the early days of IPL 2018. He has the calmness around him to lead the side. The Royals can think of him as a captaincy option for sure. Samson has taken this responsibility in the domestic cricket for Kerala and could pretty well succeed in the role for the Royals.