Formerly known as Kings XI Punjab, they are hoping a change of name can bring about a change in fortune in 2021. Punjab Kings have never won the IPL, and have only made it past the group stage twice, in 2014, when they were beaten finalists, and in the very first tournament in 2008.
They had some decent power hitters in batting in this year . Dawid Malan , who is a new recruit at auction, is the world’s No.1 ranked T20I batsman for a reason, and in Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith they have spent big on two hugely exciting fast bowlers. Meredith is really quick and can be a great prospect if he manages to adjust to the conditions and the pressure of IPL.
Punjab is awaiting to get Shami back in competitive cricket after his long layoff due to injury in Australia series . He should be fresh and hungry . Ravi Bishnoi who had a great last season will look to perform well again to continue press for an Indian call up in white ball cricket.
However, most important for the form of their openers han their new overseas contingent get on will be the form of Indian top-order batsmen Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul. Agarwal was one of the players of the competition in IPL 2020, and Punjab Kings will be desperate for a repeat. KL Rahul, on the other hand, scored heavily but without the strike-rate that made him so feared a couple of years ago. If he can get back to his best, then when you add the likes of Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran into the mix, PK will have a batting line-up to be feared. They also have lower power hitting with Shahrukh Khan , their new domestic recruit .
Punjab have a great coaching staff with Anil Kumble , Andy Flower, Jonty Rhodes , batting coach Wasim Jaffer and bowling coach Damien Wright
Looks a well be a strong batting unit and addition of some quality fast bowling to back up.
Team has shown getting into nervous spells and losing control of matches .
Alien conditions for their two new fast bowling recruits from Australia. Much will depend how they adapts to the conditions.
Probable XI : Rahul , Mayank , Gayle/ Malan , Pooran , Hooda , Shahrukh Khan , Jhye Richardson , Meredith/ Jordan , Shami , Bishnoi , Murugan Ashwin .
Punjab will be playing most of their matches in Bangalore , and Ahmedabad followed by Mumbai and Chennai . They have a good Bangalore presence in the team which should be an advantage in Bangalore games.
Punjab Kings Squad list
KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfraz Khan, Mohammad Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Prabhsimran Singh, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.