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IPL 2024 Auction: Punjab Kings searching for first title, team captained by Shikhar Dhawan can bet on these players

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IPL 2024 Auction Pbks Strategy : Punjab Kings is also named among the oldest teams in IPL history. Although earlier this team was known as Kings XI Punjab, but later it was changed to Punjab Kings. Even after changing the name, the title has not yet been received. Many veteran players remained associated with the team and captains also kept changing, but the trophy was not coming. This time again Punjab Kings will enter the field with the intention of ending their title drought. Before the IPL auction takes place on December 19, you should know what are the strengths and weaknesses of the PBKS team captained by Shikhar Dhawan. Also, which players can the team bet on in the upcoming auction.

Shikhar Dhawan will captain Punjab Kings

The Punjab Kings team is known for making a lot of changes. But this time the team has not released too many of its players. It is also believed that this time also the command of the team will be in the hands of Shikhar Dhawan. The team finished in eighth place in the 2022 IPL. If we talk about this time, Punjab Kings have a total of eight slots vacant, which means the team will be able to buy maximum number of players. If we talk about money, the team currently has Rs 29.1 crore left in its purse. As we already told you that the team had finished eighth last year, forgetting those things the team management will try to rebuild the team this time. This time Punjab has released its players, apart from Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Matthew Short, the biggest name is Shahrukh Khan. Who is 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 again retained England’s Sam Curran, who joined their team by paying the most expensive amount last year. Punjab had bought him with a huge bid of Rs 18.5 crore. But he did not have any notable performance last year, after which there were speculations that he could be released, but Punjab has expressed confidence in him.

Captain Shikhar Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada are the biggest strengths of Punjab Kings.

If we talk about the strong side of Punjab Kings, it is their captain Shikhar Dhawan. Punjab Kings has a player with long experience, who also has good captaincy experience. If we talk about the batsmen who have scored the most runs in IPL history, Shikhar Dhawan comes second after Virat Kohli. His average and strike rate is always good and he is a cool minded captain. At the same time, the team has the world’s most feared fast bowler like Kagiso Rabada. Who has the ability to take wickets as soon as he arrives. If he is in his element then he can single-handedly overwhelm the opposing team.

If we talk about weakness, the team does not have any Indian experienced player apart from Shikhar Dhawan. Who could understand the delicacy of the occasion and adapt his game accordingly. India has Rahul Chahar as its spinner in the team, but last season he could not perform as per his name. Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone are the star players of the team, but they had failed to perform like that at least in the last season.

Punjab team can play a big bet on Rachin Ravindra

Now let’s talk about those players who can be kept an eye on in the upcoming auction of Punjab Kings. 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, captain Shikhar Dhawan’s tension at number three will also end. Where currently a young batsman in the form of Atharva Tayde bats. He can also strengthen the spin department along with Rahul Chahar. Although ODI should not be compared with IPL, but an eye should definitely be kept on their performance in ODI World Cup 2023. He scored 578 runs in ten matches, where his average was 64.22, while the strike rate was 106.44. During this period he had succeeded in scoring two centuries and three centuries.
The team may also be eyeing Shardul Thakur as a fast bowling all-rounder. Along with bowling, he can also show his hand in batting when the opportunity arises. Talking about Shardul Thakur’s IPL career, he has taken 89 wickets in 86 matches and has also scored 286 runs, here his average can be called decent. The team has another bowling option, that is Harshal Patel. He may have had a lackluster season last season, but one-time Purple Cap winner Harshal is not far away from being in form again. If Kagiso Rabada is seen with Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh, then it will be a deadly combination, due to which the team will start looking even stronger.

Released players of Punjab Kings: Shahrukh Khan, Raj Bawa, Baltej Dhanda, Mohit Rathi, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Gurnoor Brar, Matthew Short.

Retained players of Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan, Jitesh Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh, Liam Livingstone, Matthew Short, Harpreet Bhatia, Atharva Taide, Rishi Dhawan, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Shivam Singh, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar. , Gurnoor Brar, Vidavatha Kawerappa.

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