Bhanuka Rajapaksa of the Punjab Kings, believes the Punjab franchise, which is still hunting that elusive maiden IPL trophy, has the firearms in IPL 2022 this time to go all out.
As per Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Punjab Kings are a special squad this season because of their firepower, and they have a chance to win their first title.
The 30-year-old left-handed foremost hitter also complimented new Punjab Kings captain Mayank Agarwal, whom he believes is cool and composed.
Rajapaksa, who came in to bat at number three after Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan built a solid foundation for his team with a 71-run first-wicket stand and a match-winning 43 off 22 balls on his IPL debut.
Jonny Bairstow, the first-choice wicket-keeper batter, hammered two fours and four sixes in his 22-ball 44-run performance. With 1 over to spare, Punjab Kings snatched the goal.
Punjab Kings have a chance to win their first IPL title: Rajapaksa
Rajapaksa also believes the Punjab team has the talent to win the IPL for the first time this season. Punjab Kings had a good chance to win their first title in 2014, but the George Bailey-led side lost to Gautam Gambhir’s KKR by three wickets in the final in Bengaluru.
“This is a crucial time for us. The Punjab squad has yet to win a championship. This is the best platform to use, and this is the best option. The foundations have been established, and we’ve set certain goals.”
“This time, we have a legitimate contender for the championship. We’ve put together a strong team. Because of their firepower, the Punjab team is unique this year. This time, I believe something unique is about to happen. This year, we have a good chance of winning the trophy.”
The Shreyas Iyer-led KKR will face Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday, with both teams aiming for their second win of the tournament. Punjab Kings’ season began with a five-wicket victory over RCB in their opening match.