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IPL 2021: We don’t play blame game in our franchise, says Rajasthan Royals’ Team Director Kumar Sangakkara | Cricket News – Times of India

September 30, 2021

DUBAI: Kumar Sangakkara doesn’t believe in blame game as both success and failure is collective in nature, Rajasthan Royals (RR) Team Director said after another disappointing performance from his team which seriously dented their Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff hopes.
After the Delhi Capitals game, the Royals put up another shoddy batting performance that saw Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) canter to victory. RR are now seventh in the eight-team table.

“We don’t play the blame-game in our franchise. We win together, we lose together. We haven’t done well enough, haven’t been smart enough with our batting and we all know that. The players know it. So we’ll try to keep things simple, focus on training and how we plan to execute what we’ve spoken about,” Sangakarra said at the post-match media conference.
“We always keep things simple. There’s a lot of pressure on players that they put on themselves. In the game itself, there’s a lot of pressure,” Sangakkara added.
For Sangakkara, his job is to guide the team rather than putting more burden on them.
“My job is not to add to that (pressure) but guide them (on) how to deal with it and come up with their best performances,” he said.

To manage the highs and lows requires different perspectives, feels Sangakkara.
“There’s many ways that you manage the highs of wins and disappointments of a loss and be able to keep yourself calm and focus on what needs to be done.
“At times like this, it’s very easy to be dejected and break up into little groups where murmurings can start but our group has held together really well,” added the Sri Lankan batting great.
The former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper also praised skipper Sanju Samson, saying he will be selected in the national team for a longer run.

“Yeah, we do have one-on-one chats on a lot of things. And when we do talk cricket, India aspirations come at a time when the IPL is over. And our chats are very-much IPL-focused. Not just his (Samson’s) batting but about captaincy, about the team and how we are playing,” Sangakkara added.
Samson, who has scored 452 runs this season, is the leading run-getter for his franchise.
“He (Samson) is a very good player, a very special player. He has done exceptionally well for us this season. And I am sure that he has aspirations to play for India and, at some point, I think he will be selected for a longer run. He is good and ready at any-time that he is picked,” Sangakkara signed off.

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