Punjab Kings (PBKS), who were formerly known as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), is ready to begin their IPL journey in a fresh way as they will play their first IPL 2021 match this Monday (12th April) when Rajasthan Royals (RR) will face them at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai).
The IPL 2014 runners-up PBKS are desperate to achieve a better record in the IPL 2021 and they believe that the new name can bring positive luck for them.
IPL 2021, Match 4: Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings (RR vs PBKS) – PBKS Predicted Playing XI
KL Rahul (C & wk)
In the last three IPL seasons, KL Rahul‘s batting performances were really fantastic as he not only won the IPL 2020 Orange Cap but also finished as the second most run-scorer in the IPL 2019 and third most run-scorer in the IPL 2018. As a captain, he also proved himself really strong during the IPL 2020. Now, everyone is waiting to see his similar form in the IPL 2021, especially when he has just returned to the form with some great knocks in the recent home ODI series against England.
Mayank Agarwal also performed strongly in the IPL 2020 as he scored 424 runs in 11 games, with the help of one century and two more fifties. While he then struggled in Australia tour, it is a good chance for the Indian opening batsman to make a fresh start in the IPL 2021.
Caribbean cricket superstar Chris Gayle is always a big name in any format and he is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the T20 format. The most T20 run-scorer played only seven matches in the IPL 2020 where he scored 288 runs with the help of three fifties (best score 99). Though he recently struggled for West Indies during the home T20I series against Sri Lanka, he earlier played a few good knocks in various leagues.
Caribbean cricketer Nicholas Pooran is developing his game consistently who scored 353 runs in 14 matches during the IPL 2020. He can play a crucial role for PBKS in the IPL 2021 as his middle-order batting will be very important for his team.
Mandeep Singh was recently in excellent form with the bat in domestic cricket as he played some consistent knocks for his team Punjab in both T20 and List A tournaments. Now, it’s time to prove himself worthy in the IPL contest which can also help his team Punjab Kings to grow up in the IPL 2021.
Tamil Nadu batsman Shahrukh Khan got the limelight in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21 where he incredibly showed his aggressive batting nature as he has the highest strike rate (220.00) among the batsmen who played at least three innings in that tournament. He was also in great form in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020/21. So, he can make his IPL debut in the PBKS’ first game of the IPL 2021.
Australian cricketer Moises Henriques hasn’t played an IPL match since 2017. However, in recent times, he was in good form in domestic cricket, including performing well for Sydney Sixers in limited opportunities in the BBL 2020/21. He can be a great asset for PBKS in the IPL 2021 but he has to prove himself once again, who has experienced 57 IPL matches.
The Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has just recovered from the injury and he is now ready to make a fresh start in the IPL 2021. He is definitely the key bowler for PBKS who finished as the most wicket-taker for this team in the IPL 2020 (20 wickets in 14 games). He is a really consistent bowler and he has the ability to return to his familiar rhythm in a quick moment.
Australian youngster Jhye Richardson is growing up as a good fast bowler who is now ready to make his IPL debut in the IPL 2021. He was the most wicket-taker in the BBL 2020/21 (29 wickets), which proves his high quality in big games.
The Bengal pacer Ishan Porel hasn’t made his IPL debut yet but the youngster is not much far away. In recent years, he was really a consistent pacer in domestic cricket. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21, he was the fifth most wicket-taker (13 wickets in five games), where he also claimed two four-wicket hauls.
The 20-year-old leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi is continuously improving in his bowling skills who got 12 wickets in 14 matches in the IPL 2020. The youngster was recently in very good form with the ball in hand during the limited-overs matches in domestic cricket.