CM – IPL 2021: Sakariya’s courage and enthusiasm rub off on everyone, he’s brilliant, says Sangakkara


Sangakkara opened how impressed he is with Sakariya, the role of Chris Morris in the absence of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, the new bowling action by Jaydev Unadkat.

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NEW DELHI: Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara has seen left arm sailor Chetan Sakariya up close and looks like the Sri Lankan legend is in awe of the character the youngster is in first half of the Indian Premier League has shown (IPL) 2021.

In an interaction with ANI, Sangakkara shared how impressed he was with Sakariya, the role of Chris Morris in the absence of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, the new bowling action by Jaydev Unadkat and much more.

« Chetan Sakariya is brilliant, absolutely loves him. His attitude, his smile and he accepts it all. The pressure doesn’t seem to affect him. He is very confident, he knows what he does. He is always ready to compete, he has had a very tough year personally and personally and I am just incredibly impressed with him as an individual. It’s great to have him by your side, his enthusiasm and courage rub off on everyone . He’s definitely one for the long run, « said Sangakkara.

Rajasthan Royals have signed only a few substitutes and one of the high-profile signings was world number one T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi. The left Proteas spinner has spun a web of opponents around the world and Sangakkara expects to do the same when the 2021 IPL season resumes.

« I’m very excited about them all (newcomers), trying to fit them in right will be key. Shamsi had a brilliant year, this is how it goes. It just depends on the openings and opportunities in the IPL. We are happy to have Shamsi at this moment. I am delighted I really want to have them all in the squad, Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas and Evin Lewis. We have very specific roles in mind when the opportunity arises, which is exciting, « said Sangakkara.

Rajasthan Royals evidenced currently fifth in the IPL 2021 ranking and has won three out of seven games won. The team will continue their campaign against the Punjab Kings in Dubai on September 21st.

« The pressure is always there, it’s about getting rid of it and focusing on your task. It’s about getting on your job Focusing, not the pressure, is the real key to motivating them to play. Motivation enough for the players to play « I don’t think players need to be told anything special to play here at the IPL. There are many motivations, some personal and some team related. I just want them to play good cricket, express themselves and enjoy and relax, « he added.

When asked if Sanju Samson’s job as leader is going to be tough without the Butler and Stokes, Sangakkara said : « Sanju is very good at taking pressure, we keep things very simple and he breaks things down very well so I think he will. » Be good. « 

The former captain of Sri Lanka also believes that if the announcements from the T20 World Cup squad are pushed out of the way before the IPL 2021 resumes and they can express themselves fully, the players will not put additional pressure on them.

« Obviously I can’t Speaking for individuals, having certainty will clear your mind so that it will likely be easier for them to play in the IPL instead of thinking that they have to impress to get into the T20 World Cup roster for disappointments too some players, but unfortunately go Add that to international cricket, « said Sangakkara.

When asked how the franchise took care of the mental health of the players, Sangakkara said, » We try to give them whatever support they could need going through a rough time and asking players to be very open about it and have conversations. It’s about making sure they’re comfortable talking about things. « 

 » We took care of everything to relax their minds. We encourage families to join them so they don’t have to stay away from their families. Rajasthan Royals is a very family-oriented franchise and we always encourage players to take their We have system monitors, we track sleep patterns, we have all kinds of things set up, some by experts so we have a very good system in place, « he added. Lastly, Sangakkara said about Jaydev Unadkat and Chris Morris: “Jaydev Unadkat was very impressive, he had setbacks but he came back very strong. He seems very happy when I talked to him today about his action and what it means Game.

« Chris Morris is a very valuable player to us when it comes to hitting, bowling and leading. As the first in the tournament, he was exactly right with what we wanted from him. He was one of our leading actors the entire time, he’s a nice guy on the team, he has a lot of humor. First class, « he said goodbye.

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