Punjab Kings will start their IPL 2021 journey with the first game against Rajasthan Royals on April 12, 2021. The match will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Punjab Kings finished on the 6th spot on the points in IPL 2020. Due to the poor performance of the team last season, Punjab Kings released many players from the team and bought new ones during IPL 2021 auction.
Punjab Kings released 9 players from the squad ahead of IPL 2021 auction. Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hardus Viljoen, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith, and Tejinder Singh Dhillon were released by Punjab Kings. Later during the auction, Punjab Kings bought 5 overseas players and 3 domestic players.
With the addition of new players, Punjab Kings have become stronger in IPL 2021. Here we look at 5 reasons why Punjab Kings are favourites to win the title in IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: 5 Reasons Why Punjab Kings Are Favourites To Win The Title
Punjab Kings have powerful openers in the form of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Both of them are big hitters and give a strong start to the batting. KL Rahul was the leading run-scorer in IPL 2020 with 518 runs in 14 matches. He also smashed 5 half-centuries and 1 century. With Chris Gayle and KL Rahul as openers, Punjab Kings have strong opening batsmen in IPL 2021.