For the IPL 2022, Tamil Nadu batsman Shahrukh Khan chose Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan over Mayank Agarwal to lead Punjab Kings (PBKS).
Over the years, Dhawan has appeared in 192 IPL matches for the Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has 5,783 runs batted in with a strike rate of 126.63 and an average of 34.63, with 44 50-plus scores and a handful of hundreds.
Shikhar Dhawan was purchased by Punjab Kings for INR 8.25 crores.
Dhawan was the best run-scorer for Capitals in IPL 2021, with 587 runs in 16 innings. During the IPL 2022 retention window, the franchise released the southpaw.
Punjab Kings purchased Dhawan for INR 8.25 crores after outbidding the likes of Capitals and Rajasthan Royals in the bidding process.
After releasing swashbuckling opener KL Rahul last year, Punjab Kings need to replace the leadership position. Rahul was named Punjab’s captain in 2020, however the organisation dismissed him during the retention window when he expressed interest in joining a different IPL side.
The Sanjiv Goenka-owned Lucknow Super Giants selected Rahul as one of their draught selections, and he was also appointed the team’s captain.
There was conjecture that Rahul’s Karnataka colleague Mayank Agarwal, who was the team’s vice-captain last season and was one of the two players retained by the franchise ahead of the major auction, may take up the leadership position.
Shikhar Dhawan: Shahrukh Khan, in my opinion.
Shahrukh, who appeared in 11 games for Punjab Kings previous season, was re-signed by the organisation for a hefty INR 9 crores. When asked who he thought will be the future captain of the Punjab team, the Tamil Nadu player chose Dhawan, the elder player.
“I’d go with Shikhar Dhawan due of his vast experience.” In a mid-auction broadcast on Star Sports, Shahrukh observed, “He has a distinct vibe and he has a really active personality.”
Dhawan will allegedly be named captain of the Indian Premier League side Punjab Kings, according to a report by Cricket Next.