Punjab Kings (PBKS) participated in IPL 2021 auction with the highest salary cap of Rs. 53.20 crore. Out of this, PBKS spent Rs. 47.90 crore to buy 9 cricketers during the mini-auction. With short of quality pace bowlers in the team, Punjab Kings bought Aussie pacer Jhye Richardson for Rs. 14 crores and Riley Meredith for Rs. 8 crores.
Some other big deals of PBKS were all-rounders Shahrukh Khan and Moises Henriques, who was bought for Rs. 5.25 crore Rs. 4.2 crore respectively.
Dawid Malan entered PBKS at his base price of Rs. 1.5 crore. Fabian Allen (Rs. 75 lakh), Jalaj Saxena (Rs. 30 lakh), Saurabh Kumar (Rs. 20 lakh) and Utkarsh Singh (Rs. 20 lakh) were the other cricketers PBKS bought during the auction.
Ahead of IPL 2021 auction, PBKS released 9 players out of their squad. Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Zadran, Hardus Viljoen, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith and Tejinder Singh Dhillon had to bid goodbye to Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings finished on the bottom-most spot in IPL 2020. After the addition of 9 new players, PBKS will send the best 11 players on the field, so that they give an outstanding performance during the tournament.
There will be few players who will be part of all the matches in IPL 2021, as their presence will strengthen the team to the next level. Here are 5 players from Punjab Kings who will play every match in IPL 2021.
KL Rahul, who is also a PBKS skipper, showed his worth to the team in IPL 2020 after bagging the orange cap. The wicket-keeper batsman scored 670 runs in 14 matches which included one century and 5 half-centuries. In KL Rahul, PBKS have found a reliable skipper who can lead PBKS to a title victory.
Post-IPL 2020, right-handed batsman Rahul also played few good innings during India vs Australia 2020 ODI and T20I series. Donning the role of an opener, wicket-keeper, and skipper for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021, Rahul is expected to feature in every game of the tournament.
Chris Gayle arrived a little late in IPL 2020 tournament, due to which he could only play 7 matches for PBKS. However, in just 7 games, he gave a glimpse of ‘Gayle storm’ he is widely popular for. He smashed 3 half-centuries in 7 innings, out of which one knock of 99 runs can be considered almost a century.
The left-handed batsman Gayle also smashed 23 sixes in just 7 games, which truly gives an imagination of how deadly he was with the bat in IPL 2021. PBKS could only win 4 matches in IPL 2020 and finished on the last spot in the points table. This time, the franchisee will commit to placing Chris Gayle on the field in every game, so that they come out as a top team in IPL 2021.
Mohammed Shami is the most experienced pace bowler which Punjab Kings comprise of. Last year in IPL 2020, Shami was the leading wicket-taker for PBKS with 20 wickets in 14 games. Due to his efficiency in bowling, Punjab Kings did not replace him with any other bowler in any match.
This time, PBKS have signed few young pacers in IPL 2021 auction like Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith. However, PBKS will always keep Mohammad Shami in the playing 11.
Dawid Malan became a part of Punjab Kings after the latter bought him for Rs. 1.5 crore during IPL 2021 auction. As a batsman, English cricketer David Malan has risen to the top in T20Is in recent time. With multiple swashbuckling knocks with the bat, he climbed to the top rank in ICC’s T20I batsmen list.
With such an in-form batsman in the team, PBKS will give Malan thorough chances in IPL 2021. The left-handed batsman Dawid Malan is highly expected to play every game for PBKS in IPL 2021.
Punjab Kings did not shy away from spending a whopping Rs. 14 crores for Australian pacer Jhye Richardson. This heavy amount reveals how committed Punjab Kings are with the 24-year-old youngster. Along with Mohammad Shami, PBKS will give plenty of opportunities to the bowler to showcase his bowling skills.
He will be one overseas bowler whom PBKS will not drop from the playing 11 in any match during IPL 2021.
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