As Rajasthan Royals (RR) suffered another league stage exit in the IPL, captain Sanju Samson sent a heartfelt message to the disappointed fans of his team and tried to cheer them up, promising a strong comeback next year.
Samson even apologised on his team’s behalf for their performance after missing out on the playoffs in what was his first season as Royals’ captain.
“Hi, Royals family. I know our actions have spoken louder than words. But some things have to be said. We’re sorry for letting you down”, Samson was heard saying in a clip posted over RR’s official Twitter handle as they finished below the top 4 again.
“We tried to entertain you and play the Royals’ way, fearless and proud..but we fell short. We feel your disappointment and pain. But even on the darkest days, we heard your voices, we read your messages and we felt your support. Thank you so much for all of it,” the skipper added.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 9, 2021
Before a Royals captain, I am a Royals fan: Sanju Samson
Further in his message, Sanju Samson said every time he walked out to the field as a leader, he felt “stronger” knowing he has not just ten other players to provide him support but also many fans wishing him and his team well.
The 26-year-old added that he can relate to the fans’ perspective and shares their angst and pain as he himself is a Royals’ fan before being one of their players and captain.
“In my first season as Royals captain, I felt I walked out every time not with ten other players but hundreds and thousands of fans right alongside me, making me stronger.”
“Right now, I feel what you feel because before a Royals captain, I too am a Royals fan. I promise you we’re not looking back anymore,” he added.
“Our season has ended but our journey, my journey, has just begun. I am signing off from IPL 2021 by thanking you and leaving you with a promise – ‘Rajasthan Royals will be back, for you’.”
One could feel the pain in Samson’s voice as RR missed out on playoffs with only five wins from fourteen league stage matches. RR were in with a chance of securing a top 4 berth till even their last two games. But poor losses to Mumbai Indians (MI) and then Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) dashed all their hopes.
A fragile batting unit and inconsistent bowling resources let RR down massively. They finished seventh in the eight-team points table, above only Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Sanju Samson was his team’s brightest shining light in one more season that ended with doom and gloom. The skipper led from the front, making 484 runs at an average of 40.33 and strike-rate of 136.72. Samson was his team’s top run-getter in a season where only one other RR batter – Jos Buttler (254), who didn’t even play the UAE leg – made 250 runs.