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RR players don’t seem to be happy with Samson being given captaincy: Virender Sehwag

April 25, 2021

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Former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag feels that the RR camp is not happy with Sanju Samson being given the captaincy reins. The Royals finally returned to winning ways on Saturday when they faced Kolkata Knight Riders. Rajasthan Royals won the match with six wickets and 7 balls to spare. With this win, Samson-led RR continues to remain in the competition for the playoffs. However, the one-time IPL winners still have a lot to do and need to be consistent from here on as the tournament enters a critical phase. 

During the RR vs KKR encounter, former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha shared his views, on Cricbuzz Live, about RR as a team. The veteran feels that there are 11 individuals on the field rather than a team. 

RR players unhappy with Sanju Samson: Virender Sehwag

Injuries to prominent overseas cricketers have also blown Rajasthan Royals as they have lost Ben Stokes for the entire tournament. On the other hand, ace pacer Jofra Archer will miss the whole of the IPL 2021 as per medical advice. The Barbadian born has been suffering from an elbow issue for quite a long time. Jofra Archer's absence would be a massive blow for the Rajasthan based franchise. The English pacer has been an essential part of the Royals team since joining the franchise back in 2018. Archer was also adjudged the MVP of IPL 2020 after bagging 20 wickets. Jofra Archer had also smashed ten sixes while scoring 113 runs at a strike rate of 179.36. 

On the other hand, Ben Stokes suffered the injury during the Rajasthan Royals' first match of the tournament against Punjab Kings while taking a catch to get Chris Gayle's wicket. After dropping a catch earlier in the game against Punjab, Stokes ran hard from long-on and dived forward in a bid to complete the catch to dismiss Chris Gayle.

Currently, the RR camp will be glorified to return to winning ways, after defeating KKR by 6 wickets in pursuit of a modest 134. Deciding to bowl first, RR restricted KKR to 133-9 in 20 overs. RR all-rounder Chris Morris was the star performer for the side with 4/23. In response to KKR's target, Samson's 42 not out and contributions from Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, and Shivam Dube took RR home in 18.5 overs. Rajasthan Royals now occupy the sixth position, with two victories from 5 games.

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