It is the fourth day of, Indian Premier League. Today, Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings (previously Kings eleven Punjab) are up, against each other. Both the teams are, led by wicket keepers. KL Rahul is the captain of Punjab Kings while, Sanju Samson is the new captain of Rajasthan Royals.
Samson became the captain after, Steven Smith was stripped of his captaincy. Interestingly, the team management of Rajasthan, decided to make Sanju Samson as the new captain. Moreover, senior players like Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were over looked, for the role. Consequently, a lot of eyes will be on the performance, of Sanju Samson.
The match is being played at, Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. The four overseas players for Rajasthan are Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mustafizur Rehman and Chris Morris. Similarly, the overseas players for Punjab are Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson.
Mustafiz Rehman is debuting for Rajasthan while, Riley Meredith is playing his first match for Punjab Kings. Both the teams will, look to improve on their performances from the last season. Rajasthan finished on the last place despite, good individual displays in the form of Buttler, Stokes, Archer and Rahul Tewathia.
Similarly, Punjab had finished sixth after, losing out many close matches. This time they will try to reach the playoffs, with the biggest batsman of T20 cricket, Chris Gayle. Also, for Rajasthan, their number one bowler Jofra Archer will not play, the first four matches at least, due to the fact that he is injured and, has gone undertaken a surgery.
A funny moment involving Samson!
However, a funny moment happened before the toss, that left everyone in spilts. Actually, the two captains Sanju Samson and KL Rahul, had gone for the toss. They, were standing with the match referee. Just when the referee, was conversating with Samson, he tried to flip the coin for a toss!
As soon as he was about to do that, the referee quickly asked him not to do. After being stopped, Sanju Samson smiled sheepishly. Also, KL Rahul started giggling, while the match referee too had, a grin on his face. Just before the toss, it was a comical moment that made the atmosphere a bit light.
Watch the video here: