Irfan Pathan dissects Punjab Kings' bowling attack for IPL 2024; predicts top-4 finish for the team

Updated - 20 Feb 2024, 07:17 PM

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Punjab Kings (PBKS) has a strong lineup going into the IPL 2024 as the franchise will be led by Shikhar Dhawan and will hope to end their 10-year-old long wait for reaching the top 4.

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan dissected the PBKS bowling attack as he talked about the advantage that the Mohali-based franchise has after the arrival of Harshal Patel in the squad. Harshal Patel was bought for a massive sum of 11.75 crores in the auctions and was the most expensive Indian player in the auctions.

Irfan Pathan feels that players like Harshal Patel will add a lot of balance to the squad as the other two pacers; Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh are also in the squad and have international experience. He said that adding two spinners Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar will also strengthen the spin department with five bowlers and then if they play Liam Livingstone or Sikandar Raza they can be the sixth bowling option for the franchise.

Punjab Kings will be hoping to win their first IPL title. They reached the finals once in 2014 but since then, they have failed to reach the top 4.

“With the addition of Harshal Patel in the squad, now you can play Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel. Now these three fast bowlers can bowl in different positions and different situations and can make the game there. All three of them have international experience and if such a bowler is there in your franchise then you get a solid bowling lineup,” said Irfan Pathan on Star Sports

“Then you add spinners, if Rahul Chahar performs well then it is brilliant. Harpreet Brar comes for you as an all-rounder so you have five bowlers in the lineup then batters like Liam Livingstone or Sikandar Raza can also bowl so you get a sixth bowling option,” he added.

Watch- Irfan Pathan dissects Punjab Kings’ bowling attack in the upcoming IPL season

Punjab Kings also have purchased some good overseas players like Chris Woakes and Rilee Rossouw and has retained the services of players like Liam Livingstone, Sikandar Raza, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran. The overseas battery of Punjab Kings is looking very strong and can be tough competition for other franchises. They also have Indian powers like Shikhar Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Jitesh Sharma and now Harshal Patel has also joined the squad.

The Indian Premier League is scheduled to commence during the third week of March and will go on till the last week of May. Punjab Kings will be hoping to at least reach the top 4 and this team has the strength to qualify for the top 4 in the IPL 2024. Shikhar Dhawan is expected to lead the side to their maiden IPL title as they are one of the three teams who have failed to win a title since the inauguration of the tournament in 2008.


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