Punjab Kings are hailed as the underachievers in the Indian Premier League. They have consistently remained at the bottom half of the points table. However, the franchise has managed to compile a pretty solid squad for the next edition of the tournament. We will cover Punjab Kings Probable XI, Key Batsmen, Bowlers and All-rounders for IPL 2022 in this article.
Under the leadership of Mayank Agarwal, it will be interesting to see how they fare this time around. Punjab Kings made some stellar signings at the Mega Auctions. The franchise made some notable acquisitions. Heading into a new season, we take a look at some of their key batsmen, key bowlers, key all-rounders, and their predicted playing XI.
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Key Batsmen To Watch Out For :
Ever since making his debut for Punjab Kings in IPL, Mayank Agarwal has been scoring runs consistently for the franchise. The PBKS formed a great opening pair with KL Rahul and gave the team wonderful starts at the top of the order. He will be leading the franchise this year and it will be interesting how he performs both as a batsman and a captain.
Punjab Kings managed to acquire the services of Shikhar Dhawan for a whopping amount of INR 8.5 crores. He is a like-for-like replacement for KL Rahul in the squad. Dhawan led the run-charts for Delhi Capitals for two consecutive seasons and Punjab would be wanting to replicate similar performances for them this year.
Key All-rounders To Watch Out For:
Liam Livingstone is counted amongst the most destructive hitters of the cricket ball. He is known for changing the game in the space of a few overs with his brutal hitting. Livingstone showed his ability with the ball in the ICC T20 World Cup. In 6 matches, he took 6 wickets at a sensational economy of under 6. Livingstone could prove to be a vital asset if Punjab use him wisely this year.
Odean Smith is currently one of the most talked-about cricketers in world cricket right now. Smith is known for his power-hitting ability and also bowls at over 140 clicks consistently. Smith has the ability to prove to be the ‘X’ factor in the team. It will be interesting to see how he fares this year.
Key Bowlers To Watch Out For:
South African fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada doesn’t need an introduction. He is one of the best fast bowlers in modern-day cricket. Someone who bowls consistently at over 140 kmph and can bowl in all phases of an innings, Kagiso Rabada holds key to the team’s fortune this year. He will lead the fast bowling department of Punjab Kings.
Ashdeep Singh was one of the only two cricketers retained by Punjab Kings prior to the auctions. He has impressed one and all with his left-arm fast bowling in the Indian Premier League. Arshdeep Singh has had two outstanding years for Punjab Kings in IPL and the fans would hope that he keeps delivering such performances in the upcoming edition as well.
Punjab Kings Probable XI
Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (C), Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Raj Bawa, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar