Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson says that the upcoming IPL auction is extremely important for them as they want to build a foundation for the next 5-6 years by choosing the right players.
The Royals, who won the inaugural edition of the league, head to the auction here on Saturday with Rs 62 crore in their purse.
The former champions have retained three players: Samson, big hit England wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler and India’s young starter Yashasvi Jaiswal.
“This auction is really important because we know we could very well be laying our groundwork for the next 5-6 years,” Samson said in a press release.
“So we make sure to track everyone and give as many players a chance as possible during testing.
“Our goal now is to target those who we believe align with our vision, can embrace our values and help our team get back to the top,” Samson added.
The auction will take place on February 12 and 13.
In the past, mega-auctions have seen some incredible selections, which may not have been the absolute superstars on the surface, but were vital in the larger scheme of things, with diligent analytical backing.
It has been the hallmark of the Royals franchise in terms of their recruitment, that the team and the Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara he feels he could come back to the fore and give the team more clarity as they develop potential for the long haul.
“Our analytical evaluations are detailed, from the information we have collected on the players to its integration into a central database.
“We further filtered the data, backed up with a robust analytics process that allows us to get to the right metrics and further refine our overall player identification process. It’s really quite a comprehensive process,” he added.