After ending on the sixth place within the factors desk final season, Punjab Kings are all set to start their marketing campaign for the upcoming version of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 towards Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. Led by the veteran opening batter Shikhar Dhawan, the Kings might be guided by World Cup profitable coach Trevor Bayliss, as they eye their maiden IPL title. Through the auctions, PBKS purchased England all-rounder Sam Curran for a whopping complete of Rs 18.50 crore and made him the most expensive purchase in IPL historical past.
The opposite gamers they purchased have been Sikandar Raza (Rs 50 lakh), Harpreet Bhatia (Rs 40 lakh), Vidwath Kaverappa (Rs 20 lakh), Mohit Rathee (Rs 20 lakh) and Shivam Singh (Rs 20 lakh).
Inconsistency has damage Punjab badly through the years and Bayliss should discover a method to optimise the efficiency of a squad that appears formidable on paper. Punjab completed sixth previously 4 seasons and reached their solely ultimate in 2014.
Nonetheless, Punjab have suffered a blow even earlier than the beginning of the season as their aggressive wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow has been dominated out resulting from a decrease limb harm. Uncapped Australia batter Matthew Quick, who had an distinctive outing within the final version of Huge Bash League, has been named as his substitute.
Punjab have loads of firepower within the batting unit regardless of the absence of Bairstow. The presence of Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Curran, Quick, who impressed within the newest Huge Bash version, make them a drive to be reckoned with.
Curran, participant of the 2022 T20 World Cup, is predicted to play each recreation and contribute in each the departments.
Nonetheless, the workforce must finalise Dhawan’s opening accomplice in Bairstow’s absence. Sacked skipper Mayank Agarwal had pushed him down the order to accommodate Bairstow on the high final yr.
PBKS IPL 2023 Schedule:
Match 1: April 1 – Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Mohali (3:30PM IST)
Match 2: April 5 – Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings, Guwahati (7:30PM IST)
Match 3: April 9 – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings, Hyderabad (7:30PM IST)
Match 4: April 13 – Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans, Mohali (7:30PM IST)
Match 5: April 15 – Lucknow Tremendous Giants vs Punjab Kings, Lucknow (7:30PM IST)
Match 6: April 20 – Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mohali (3:30PM IST)
Match 7: April 22 – Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings, Mumbai (7:30PM IST)
Match 8: April 28 – Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Tremendous Giants, Mohali (7:30PM IST)
Match 9: April 30 – Chennai Tremendous Kings vs Punjab Kings, Chennai (3:30PM IST)
Match 10: Could 3 – Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians, Mohali (7:30PM IST)
Match 11: Could 8 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, Kolkata (7:30PM IST)
Match 12: Could 13 – Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings, Delhi (7:30PM IST)
Match 13: Could 17 – Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals, Dharamsala (7:30PM IST)
Match 14: Could 19 – Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Dharamsala (7:30PM IST)
Shikhar Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh
Punjab Kings Full Squad:
Gamers purchased at IPL public sale – Shivam Singh (INR 20 lakh), Mohit Rathee (INR 20 lakh), Vidwath Kaverappa (INR 20 lakh), Harpreet Bhatia (INR 40 lakh), Sikandar Raza (INR 50 lakh), Sam Curran (INR 18.5 crore), Matthew Quick (INR 20 lakh)
Gamers retained – Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shahrukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Singh, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar.
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All You Have to Know About Punjab Kings in IPL 2023: Preview, Strongest XI, and Schedule | Cricket Information
Punjab Kings are gearing up for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, beginning their marketing campaign towards Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. After ending sixth within the factors desk final season, the Kings, led by Shikhar Dhawan, are eyeing their maiden IPL title beneath the steering of World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss. Through the auctions, Punjab purchased England all-rounder Sam Curran for a whopping Rs 18.50 crore, making him the most expensive purchase in IPL historical past. Different gamers acquired embody Sikandar Raza, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwath Kaverappa, Mohit Rathee, and Shivam Singh.
Punjab Kings have struggled with inconsistency, ending sixth for the previous 4 seasons and making their solely ultimate look in 2014. Bayliss should optimize the efficiency of a robust squad that features Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and spectacular Huge Bash participant Matthew Quick, who’s changing Jonny Bairstow, who has been dominated out of the collection resulting from a decrease limb harm.
Regardless of Bairstow’s absence, Punjab’s batting unit boasts a variety of firepower with Dhawan, Livingstone, Curran, Jitesh Sharma, and Quick. Curran, the participant of the 2022 T20 World Cup, is predicted to contribute in each departments and play all of the video games. Punjab, nonetheless, wants to find out Dhawan’s opening accomplice in Bairstow’s absence.
Punjab Kings’ IPL 2023 schedule contains 14 matches towards varied groups equivalent to Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and others. The strongest XI for the workforce includes Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Livingstone, Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Curran, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, and Arshdeep Singh.
The complete squad contains new additions Shivam Singh, Mohit Rathee, Vidwath Kaverappa, Harpreet Bhatia, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, and Matthew Quick, together with retained gamers Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shahrukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, and others.
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