IPL 2022: Kumar Sangakkara looking forward to work with new RR squad
IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals‘ Director of Cricket and Head Coach, Kumar Sangakkara, is looking forward to an exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) season. He was one of the key catalysts in the franchise’s off-field development.
Rajasthan Royals, owned by Royals Sports Group, have had a number of disappointing seasons in the IPL, but with a new-look and balanced lineup, the team from Rajasthan has given themselves a great base to build on in the coming months.
“We know we had quite a bit of work to do in the off-season with regards to our team. I think we managed to identify the key areas which needed our attention and having had a proper process when it comes to selecting players at the auction, we managed to kind of hit the markers that we set for ourselves. I think the franchise has done an amazing job to put this exciting and strong squad together,” said Sangakkara in an official statement.
Commenting on the make-up of his squad, Sangakkara added:
“We’ve got the two best spinners in the IPL in terms of off-spin and leg-spin in Chahal and Ashwin. We have Boult, Prasidh, Saini, Coulter-Nile, McCoy, which makes up for a very exciting pace unit supported by of course the retentions of Yashasvi, Samson and Buttler. We have secured depth in every department, with Neesham, Mitchell and van der Dussen being exciting cricketers.”
Explaining the additions of his compatriot Lasith Malinga and Paddy Upton to the Royals’ coaching staff, the former Sri Lankan captain said:
“My job really is to add value to the franchise through myself or through people that I would recommend. Also it’s first about what value that person brings and how constantly they can help us improve. It’s pretty obvious for everyone to see the standards of both Lasith and Paddy. They’ve had stellar careers with their respective teams in their jobs and can prove to be vital elements in our quest for the title.”
The Head Coach ended by expressing his sadness on the demise of Shane Warne, the legend of the Rajasthan Royals.
“He’s a great loss for the cricket world, a great loss for cricketers around the world, because he was such an approachable guy, who had great knowledge. He was a very good friend, and I really enjoyed my time with him, the conversations we used to have. I think everyone will miss him,” said Sangakkara.
The IPL 2022 season will begin on March 26 with a match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). However, on March 29, RR will play Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their first match.