IPL 2024 Auction Pbks Strategy: The name of Punjab Kings is also among the oldest teams in the history of IPL. Although the team was earlier known as Kings XI Punjab, it was later changed to Punjab Kings. Even after the name change, the title is still not available. Many experienced players remained with the team and the captains also kept changing but the trophy was not coming. This time again, Punjab Kings will enter the field with the intention of ending the title drought. Before the IPL auction takes place on December 19, you should know what are the strengths and weaknesses of Shikhar Dhawan-led PBKS team. Also, what players the team can bet on in the upcoming auction.
Shikhar Dhawan will captain the Punjab Kings.
The Punjab Kings team is known for making many changes. But this time the team did not release many of its players. It is also believed that Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team this time as well. The team finished eighth in the 2022 IPL. If we talk about this time, Punjab Kings have a total of eight slots vacant, which means that the team will be able to buy as many players as possible. If we talk about the money, the team currently has Rs 29.1 crores left in their purse. As we already told you that the team finished eighth last year, forgetting these things the team management will try to rebuild the team this time. This time Punjab has released its players, apart from Bhanuka Rajapakse, Mathew Short, the biggest name is Shah Rukh Khan. who hails from Tamil Nadu and is known and recognized for playing big strokes.
The team has retained Sam Curran despite not performing well.
Meanwhile, the special thing is that Punjab Kings have once again retained England’s Sam Curran, who joined their team last year by paying the most expensive amount. Punjab bought him with a huge bid of Rs 18.5 crore. But last year he did not have any remarkable performance after which there were chances that he could be released but Punjab has expressed confidence in him.
Captain Shikhar Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada are the biggest strength of Punjab Kings.
If we talk about the strong side of Punjab Kings, it is their captain Shikhar Dhawan. Punjab Kings have a player with long experience, who also has good captaincy experience. Shikhar Dhawan is the second highest run scorer in IPL history after Virat Kohli. His average and strike rate are always good and he is a cool-headed captain. Along with this, the team has the most fearsome fast bowler in the world like Kagiso Rabada. Who has the ability to take wickets as soon as he comes. If he is in his element, he can single-handedly overpower the opposing team.
If we talk about weakness, there is no Indian experienced player in the team except Shikhar Dhawan. One who can understand the fragility of the occasion and adapt his game accordingly. India has Rahul Chahar as a spinner in the team, but he did not live up to his name last season. Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone are the star players of the team but they failed to perform like that last season at least.
Punjab team can bet big on Rachan Ravindra.
Now let’s talk about the players who can be watched in the upcoming Punjab Kings auction. The team should definitely keep Rachin Ravindra on the radar. He has the ability to win matches with batting as well as bowling. With his arrival, the tension of captain Shikhar Dhawan at the third position will also end. Where currently a young batsman is batting in the form of Atharva Tyde. He can also strengthen the spin department with Rahul Chahar. Although ODIs should not be compared to IPL, their performance in ODI World Cup 2023 is definitely worth keeping an eye on. He scored 578 runs in ten matches where his average was 64.22 while the strike rate was 106.44. During this time he managed to score two centuries and three centuries.
The team is also looking at Shardul Thakur as a fast bowler all-rounder. Along with bowling, he can also show his hand in batting when given an opportunity. Talking about Shardul Thakur’s IPL career, he has taken 89 wickets in 86 matches and scored 286 runs, here his average can be called good. The team has another bowling option, Harshal Patel. He may have had a lackluster season last season, but Herschel, a one-time Purple Cap winner, isn’t far from returning to form. If Kagiso Rabada features alongside Harshal Patel and Arsdeep Singh, it will be a lethal combination, making the team look even stronger.
Punjab Kings Released Players: Shah Rukh Khan, Raj Bawa, Baltej Dhanda, Mohit Rathi, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Gurnoor Brar, Matthew Short.
Punjab Kings Retained Players: Shikhar Dhawan, Jitesh Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Prabhasmaran Singh, Liam Livingstone, Matthew Short, Harpreet Bhatia, Atharva Tyde, Rishi Dhawan, Sam Karan, Sikandar Raza, Shivam Singh, Harpreet Brar, Arsdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar., Gurnoor Burar, Vedavatha Kavarappa.
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