Punjab Kings’ Best Expected XI For IPL 2021
Punjab Kings acquired five international players and four Indians. Punjab Kings have made major purchases in Riley Meredith for Rs. 8 crore and Indian all-rounder Shahrukh Khan for Rs. 5.25 crore. Moses Henriques was also purchased for Rs. 4.2 crore by the franchisee. Punjab Kings finished sixth in the points table in IPL 2020, and the franchisee will target for a much better result in IPL 2021. We’ll take a look at the best-predicted XI for Punjab Kings’ first match, as they prepare for IPL 2021 with their new representatives.
Punjab Kings paid Rs. 1.5 crore for Dawid Malan. In T20Is, the English batsman has risen to the top and is currently the top-ranked batsman. The first game of the IPL 2021 will be the perfect chance to bring his batting skills to the test. Malan will make his IPL debut in 2021, but he has already played a lot of T20 cricket in international leagues.
Punjab Kings should also consider Chris Gayle as an opener. Gayle has established himself as one of the best batsmen in IPL tournaments thanks to his hard-hitting batting. Gayle scored 288 runs at an average of 41+ in just seven matches last season. Three of them were in the fifties, with the highest score being 99. The West Indian cricketer hit 23 sixes in just seven matches. Punjab Kings lost a lot in IPL 2020 due to Chris Gayle’s absence in the early stages, and they should not make the same mistakes this time.
Punjab Kings’ captain is KL Rahul. He was the leading run-scorer in the IPL 2020 tournament last year, scoring 670 runs in 14 innings. In addition, he broke a century and five half-centuries. In addition to batting, the right-handed batsman also acts as the team’s wicketkeeper. As a result, he should be in the starting lineup and lead the Punjab Kings in the first game.
Shahrukh Khan was purchased for a whopping Rs. 5.25 crore by Punjab Kings. With his hard-hitting batting style, the Indian cricketer gained popularity during his tenure in the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019-20. He’ll be an excellent choice for the number four slot.
Mayank Agarwal, after KL Rahul, was the top run-getter for Punjab Kings in the previous edition. In 11 innings, Agarwal scored 424 runs, including a magnificent century (106) and two half-centuries. Agarwal is an excellent middle-order choice for Punjab Kings in the first match of the IPL 2021.
Mandeep Singh is a decent choice for Punjab Kings in the lower-middle order. He has invested a considerable amount of time with the franchisee and is well aware of its strengths and limitations. Mandeep Singh is the best choice among the domestic players in the team to handle the lower-middle order role.
Punjab Kings’ only good all-rounder is Deepak Hooda. Last season, the right-handed batsman was able to reach a fifty in seven games. He can bowl, which makes him a viable choice for a secondary bowler.
Murugan Ashwin is Punjab Kings’ best full-time spinner. The leg-spinner took ten wickets in nine matches in IPL 2020, with an economy rate of 7.46. He’ll be a good spinner, and Punjab Kings could put him to the test in the first match.
Last season, Mohammad Shami emerged as Punjab Kings’ best bowler after taking the most wickets for the team, 20 in 14 games. He is Punjab Kings’ most experienced pacer, and he must be given the opportunity to demonstrate his supremacy in the first game of the IPL 2021.
Jhye Richardson was purchased for Rs.14 crore by Punjab Kings, and the cricketer must be allowed to demonstrate his abilities in the first game. Richardson, an Australian pacer, will make his IPL debut in 2021. Richardson was the Big Bash 2020-21 tournament’s leading wicket-taker, with 29 wickets in 17 matches. He is predicted to be a fantastic bowler in the IPL 2021, based on his excellent form in the Big Bash League 2019-20.
Riley Meredith is another IPL 2021 rookie. Punjab Kings paid Rs. 8 crore for the Australian pacer. Meredith took 16 wickets in 13 matches in the Big Bash League 2019-20. Jhye Richardson would benefit greatly from his assistance. Since the opposition batsmen will be unfamiliar with their bowling styles, it will be a good idea to introduce two debutant bowlers in the first game.