In this Article , we will preview one of the underrated Team in the IPL . Yes, it’s Punjab Kings , these teams are always underdogs , always have some magical performers in the Team , somehow they will fail at some point of the tournament which costs them a Play Off chance in IPL. In the previous year’s IPL with some bad luck they lost the chance of getting into the play off . Let’s have a look at the Team Strength and Playing XI for IPL 2021 in this article.
Auction Strength :
Punjab kings had a massive advantage in this year’s auction after releasing Maxwell from their squad they had huge amount in their purse from which they can demand any player in comparison with the other franchise , So they bought some extraordinary Big Bash Superstars like Jhye Richardson , a fast bowler who can contribute in the batting as well and Riley Meridith who is also one of the speedster in the BigBash League added to that they filled the overseas slot with experience of Moises Henriques . Also, they bought Dawid malan who is currently world number 1 batsman in T20 format with an uncapped domestic player from Tamil Nadu ShahRukh Khan who was the Talk of the Town after his performance in the Knock Out matches in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.
Strong Indian Core Strength:
Punjab Kings have some strong batting Strength at the Top with these three players Mayank, Rahul & Mandeep Singh especially in the Top order Mayank and captain KL Rahul, both players from the same stage did a massive role as a opener in previous year .Almost they used to play fifty percentage of the match and turn to be the match winners .
SRK Performance will be the Key Factor for Punjab Kings:
In previous year IPL , Punjab Kings had big show with Maxwell in the Squad but this time an uncapped youngster (Shah Rukh Khan) from Tamil Nadu who is known for his big hitting , it’s too early to compare him with the legendary players like Maxwell but the Team management believed SRK and bought him for this role also he is the domestic Team Andrew Russel with big mussel and all-rounder who can contribute with both batting and bowling as well for the Team . He has to take this opportunity to prove himself to the world to fill the void of finishers like Maxwell for Punjab Kings.Its the big stage for him and I am sure he has the capability to do big things with the Bat , Let’s hope for the best IPL from him to make Tamil Nadu Cricket proud.
In terms of Bowling Department , Shami will lead the pace attack he is back after his injury from Adelide Test and the spin duo’s Ravi Bishnoi & Murugan Ashwin will play their ideal role , even in their UAE performance there were some shaded of Anil Kumble influence on their bowling approach , in this year they might perform bigger than previous year since they are going to play in Indian wickets which can assist the spinners well in comparison with other country.
Punjab Kings have Universal Boss Chris Gayle in their Team , most he will play in the second half of the Tournament . In the early stage of the Tournament , Team will prefer to go with either Henriques or Dawid Malan in the squad.
Possible Strongest XI:
- KL Rahul (Captain & wk)
- Mayank Agarwal
- Dawid Malan
- Mandeep Singh
- Nicholas Pooran
- Shah Rukh Khan
- Jhye Richardson
- Chris Jordan
- Mohammed Shami
- Murugan Ashwin
- Ravi Bishnoi