There is no denying the fact that KL Rahul has been the standout batsman for Punjab Kings in the IPL in all the seasons since his debut for the franchise. He scored runs consistently and remained in the top five run-scorers for the last four consecutive seasons.
However, despite his contributions with the bat, Punjab finished at the bottom half of the table in all last four seasons. If reports are to be believed, KL Rahul isn’t interested to continue playing for the franchise and is likely part ways with them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if the franchisees get involved in a bidding war for the Indian opener in the auctions next year.
For Punjab, their biggest headache would be to find their next skipper and hope that he could turn their fortunes around in the tournament. In this article, we have listed three players who can replace KL Rahul as Punjab Kings’ captain.
3 Players Who Can Replace KL Rahul as The Punjab Kings’ Captain
Mayank Agarwal is the only batsman other than KL Rahul who has consistently scored runs for Punjab Kings over the last few years. He formed great opening pair with KL Rahul for Punjab. Unfortunately, his ally might not be around from next year and he might have to open the innings with a new partner.
Mayank Agarwal led Punjab on a few occasions when KL Rahul missed out due to different reasons. With KL Rahul parting ways, Mayank Agarwal could be a great option to become the full-time captain of the franchise.
He has a good amount of experience under his belt and could prove to be a great successor to KL Rahul. Mayank Agarwal scored 441 runs for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021 at an average of 40.09 and a strike rate of 140.44.