In the 2023 Indian Premier League, the Rajasthan Royals placed fifth overall with 14 points, however they were unable to advance to the playoffs. The Royals reached the season's final the previous year, but despite a promising start in 2023, they struggled to maintain consistent performances. The Royals won four of their first six games but suffered four losses in their following five games as a result of their hitting lineup's repeated subpar performances.
Sanju Samson, the captain of RR, played similarly to how the team performed; after scoring 55 and 42 in the first two games, Samson was ejected on consecutive ducks in the next two. Fans and past cricket players alike were unhappy with Samson's batting performances as he finished the season with 362 runs in 14 games.
Sunil Gavaskar, one of India's greatest batsmen, had counselled the RR captain to wait it out at the crease during the IPL 2023, according to Sreesanth, a former Indian spinner who played with Samson for their state team in Kerala. But Samson remained true to his own batting approach.
“I support Sanju since he represented the U-14 team when I was captain. I've been telling him to perform in first-class cricket, not only the IPL, for the last four to five years whenever I watch him play cricket. Produce performances that are reliable. Both Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant were and are in front of him. Pant is not present, but he will return. He was certain when I first met him that he could return in six to eight months.
Gavaskar sir advised him to “give yourself at least 10 balls” after seeing how Sanju was eliminated in a few consecutive IPL games. Examine the wicket. Even with 0 runs in 12 balls, we know you have a lot of skill since you can still score 50 runs in 25 seconds. Sanju declared, “No, my style is to play like this only,” after RR lost one of their last league games. I was unable to process it, Sreesanth said to Star Sports.
Samson was further counselled by Sreesanth to maximise his chances and develop a better “mindset” while participating in the IPL.