Sanju Samson On Cusp Of Overtaking Shane Warne In Elite List As Rajasthan Royals Face Punjab Kings

Sanju Samson is on the cusp of overtaking Shane Warne in an elite list in IPL. The Rajasthan Royals' captain is just one win away from achieving the record. Samson took over as RR's captain before IPL 2021 and continues to lead the team. RR have qualified for the IPL 2024 playoffs.
Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson is on the cusp of overtaking Shane Warne. Photo: AP/BCCI

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sanju Samson is on the cusp of overtaking Shane Warne in elite list
  • Samson has been leading RR since IPL 2021
  • Warne captained RR from IPL 2008 to 2011
Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) will host Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 65th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 on Wednesday (May 15). With 8 wins from 12 matches, RR have already qualified for the IPL 2024 playoffs and they now are eyeing a top-two finish. A win over PBKS will see RR strengthen their chances of finishing in the top two.
PBKS have suffered 8 defeats from 12 matches and they are out of the playoff race. The Punjab-based franchise has only managed 4 wins and sits at the last spot with just 8 points in its account.
As RR are gearing up to face PBKS, Sanju Samson is eyeing to go past Shane Warne in an elite captaincy list. The wicketkeeper-batsman has captained Rajasthan Royals to 30 wins from 57 matches. He is just one win away from overtaking Warne.
Shane Warne led RR to 30 wins from 55 matches. The Spin King started his IPL journey with RR in 2008 and led them in the first four seasons. Warne-led RR did the unthinkable and defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final to win the IPL 2008 trophy. They haven't been able to win the trophy since then. In 2018, Warne made his return to RR as a member of the coaching staff.
Samson joined RR in 2013 and has been with them since then. He played for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2016 and 2017. Before IPL 2021, RR made a bold call to release their captain, Steve Smith. Samson was handed the top job.
RR played their first final since 2008 in 2022. They lost to debutant, Gujarat Titans in the final. They failed to make it to the second round of IPL 2023.
RR were in form in the first half of IPL 2024 and remained in the top two. Even though RR have lost 4 matches, they continue to sit at the second spot.
Other captains to lead Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid, Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson are other players who have captained RR. Dravid led RR to 18 wins from 34 matches. Smith-led RR won 15 out of their 27 matches.
Rahane only managed 9 wins from 24 matches as the captain. He left the franchise after IPL 2019 and joined Delhi Capitals via trade. Rahane is now part of Chennai Super Kings. Watson captained RR to only 7 wins from 21 matches as the captain.
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