Lack of captaincy experience a challenge for Sanju Samson but he has a brilliant cricket brain, opens up Jos Buttler

Buttler remains a mainstay of the leadership group of RR and his international experience would be vital if RR want to win their second IPL trophy.
Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 11 April 2021 6:34 pm

England wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler has become a vital member of the Rajasthan Royals franchise after being included in their squad in the 2018 edition. Buttler gives them the flexibility not only in terms of the position he can bat at but also the various roles the team expects him to perform at.

Despite not being named the skipper, he remains a mainstay of the leadership group of the side and his international experience would be needed if RR want to win their second trophy. In a recent interview, Buttler spoke about new captain Sanju Samson the challenges that might lie ahead of him.

“I think the biggest challenge for Samson would just be the lack of experience of doing it before. I have not captained much and it feels a bit different when you do it and you sort of do not always have long experiences as a captain to fall back on,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

“Samson has a brilliant cricket brain and he will trust his instincts and lead from the front with the bat and with the gloves. All the things he needs, he will have that in abundance and he has some senior players around him who can offer good advice when he wants to lean on for some advice,” the 30-year-old added.

Having familiar faces of Stokes and Archer in the dressing room helps: Buttler

Talking about his England teammates Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, Buttler said that having them around makes the stay at franchise a lot easier and their conversation revolves not only around cricket but various other things like PlayStation games.

“Yeah, I think it does (making the stay at the franchise easier when you have familiar faces around). It is great when you have familiar faces in the dressing room, it is nice to share conversations with Stokes and Archer about not just cricket, it revolves around PlayStation games most of the time,” he said.

“Of course, now being in the fourth year with the Royals, there are many guys who are not from England but I am accustomed to spending time with them. Lots of familiar faces,” he added.