IPL 2021: Punjab Kings – The perennial underachievers of IPL, Punjab Kings would hope that a change in their name would also usher in a change of luck. Last season promised a lot with both the openers – captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal – scoring heavily. When one considers that Chris Gayle is in the line-up as well, this team looks very formidable.
However, what went against Punjab last year were narrow losses. This is the area where they need to improve in 2021.
The Kings have plenty of impact players in their midst. While Gayle may be a much bigger star, another West Indian has emerged as a major player – Nicholas Pooran. A rare combination of power and timing, Pooran’s class is evident everytime he bats.
The batting is further strengthened by the arrival of Dawid Malan, ranked no. 1 in T20I cricket among batsmen. However, his record in leagues isn’t very good. Changing this should be his agenda. No such problem presents to Moises Henriques. The Australian is a big hitter and has some good experience of Big Bash League to back himself.
Among Indian talents, Sarfaraz Khan and Shahrukh Khan will be the players to watch out for. Having created ripples in domestic circuit, their performance in IPL would be closely watched.
Mohammad Shami would be the leader of the bowling attack. His ability to bowl yorkers would come in handy in close games. Two very capable Australians can provide great support to the Indian star – Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson. The latter has been playing international cricket for Australia for some time. But Meredith caught the eye of selectors through his BBL efforts.
There are no blockbuster names in the spin department but Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi have shown that they are more than capable of delivering for their teams.
Will this be the breakthrough season for Punjab? Or will their travails continue? Only time will tell.
IPL 2021: Punjab Kings PBKS Squad: KL Rahul (C), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkane, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Mandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Sarfaraz Khan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabien Allen, Saurabh Kumar
IPL 2021: Punjab Kings PBKS Stats
IPL Titles: 0
Total Matches: 190, Won: 87, Lost: 101, NR: 2, Tie: 0