Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar did a swot analysis on Punjab Kings ahead of their game against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday (April 20) in Mumbai. PBKS lost their last match to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by seven wickets after they were restricted to a meager 151 by the formidable bowling attack of the Orange Army.
Shikhar Dhawan replaced regular captain Mayank Agarwal after the latter suffered a toe injury during a training session ahead of the SRH fixture. After the loss against Kane Williamson and his men, Punjab is currently placed in the seventh position of the IPL 2022 points table with three wins and three losses in six matches. A victory against Delhi will help them to reclaim a spot in the top four of the points table.
Himachal Pradesh pace bowler Vaibhav Arora, who made his IPL debut for PBKS against CSK on April 3, has picked just three wickets in four games. The 24-year-old pacer conceded 35 runs from 3.5 overs in his last game against SRH.
PBKS should look to be less dependent on Vaibhav Arora: Sanjay Manjrekar
Manjrekar reckoned that Punjab should focus more on experienced campaigner Kagiso Rabada and left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh. The former Indian player also suggested PBKS drop West Indies all-rounder Odean Smith and replace him with Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Bhanuka Rajapaksa and bring back left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar in their playing XI.
“Vaibhav Arora is a hit-and-miss kind of bowler for PBKS. It is like a gamble. But Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh are their reliable bowlers. Odean Smith hasn’t bowled well and he isn’t getting a lot of overs as well. They should look to be less dependent on Arora and rather focus more on their spin department,” Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo.
“Jonny Bairstow is a big player and has a good track record. But I feel he should get just one more chance now because Bhanuka Rajapaksa has shown good form. They could also bring Rajapaksa back in place of Odean Smith. They can add an Indian spinner like Harpreet Brar,” he added.
DC vs PBKS venue changed after COVID-19 hit Delhi Capitals camp
The match between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings has been shifted from the MCA stadium in Pune to the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai following the COVID-19 outburst in the Delhi camp.
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh and four other non-playing members of the Delhi Capitals contracted the COVID-19 virus. Physiotherapist Patrick Farhat was the first member to test positive on April 15 and sports massage therapist Chetan Kumar caught the infection on April 16.