The IPL 2022 will come to an end today as the finals between Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans will be played at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium and we will get the winner of the league. It is certainly a great achievement for Hardik Pandya led GT to enter the finals in its debut season and being the table topper, it surely deserves to be the winner. But on the other hand, Sanju Samson led RR was also very consistent throughout the season and at the end of the league phase, it was at the second spot in the points table.
Though RR has won the IPL once in 2008 under the leadership of former late Australian spinner Shane Warne, it has not been able to repeat its success story and this is its second final in the history of the IPL. Sanju Samson was appointed as the captain of RR in the year 2021 after the franchise decided to release its former skipper Steve Smith due to his poor form and miserable performance of the team which was sitting at the bottom in the points table in the IPL 2020.
The RR team management has also ensured that they buy good players in the mega-auction and make a strong team and after looking at the present scenario, it can easily be said that they have succeeded.
While there were apprehensions in the minds of many in regard to the leadership ability of Sanju Samson, he has answered all his critics by taking his team to the finals of the league. It won’t be wrong to say that people didn’t expect much from RR at the start of the tournament but you can’t expect the broadcaster to be prejudiced against any team.
Recently, Sanju Samson’s wife Charulatha Ramesh took a dig at the broadcasters of the tournament by posting a screenshot of a video which showed all the IPL teams excluding RR. Charulatha Ramesh questioned the exclusion of RR players in the omitted video as she wrote, “Saw this animated video showing the race for IPL 2022 on the first day of IPL. And wondered why there wasn’t any pink jersey.”
The next photo which was posted by Charulatha was of the RR squad marching towards the finals with the caption, “AND FINALS! Grateful”.
Which team do you think will win the IPL 2022 trophy – RR or GT?