3 foreign PBKS players to watch
Punjab Kings (PBKS) was one of the teams that had a productive IPL 2022 auction. It helped that they had a huge amount of purse and unlike the player buying model, they seem to have done their homework this time around.
Prior to the auction, Punjab had already retained Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh. They added impact players like Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Johnny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone to their ranks.
It’s a franchise that has a formidable side on paper and if the unit clicks, it has the ability to go the distance. Before we take a look at the top three overseas PBKS players to watch, here’s a look at the full squad.
Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odean Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taide, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Benny Howell
#1 Jonny Bairstow will be Punjab’s trump card in IPL 2022
The fact that Sunrisers Hyderabad can vouch for Jonny Bairstow and his ability to effortlessly shift gears makes him PBKS main asset this season. He fits the bill as an opener and No. 3 giving the think tank a happy headache.
He couldn’t complete a full season for SRH last time out, playing just seven games, but the England player made his presence felt by scoring 248 points at an average of 41.33 and a strike rate of 141, 71.
#2 Kagiso Rabada Leading PBKS Bowling Attack
Rabada has enjoyed considerable success in the IPL over the years, collecting 76 wickets in 50 matches with an average of 20.53 and best figures of 4/21.
It has played a crucial role in the capitals of Delhi in recent years. Although he lost his retention to his mate Anrich Nortje, it is good news for Punjab as they can rely on him to skilfully lead the bowling unit.
#3 Liam Livingstone: the intermediate anchor of the team
Liam Livingstone was not only the highest earning England player but also the most expensive foreign buy this year for INR 11.50 crore. The reason is clear: Livingstone is a multifaceted cricketer who can change the course of the game.
He holds England’s fastest T20I century record (42 balls) and can play both off-rotation and leg rotation, which adds to PBKS’ advantage.
Livingstone has played 167 T20 games so far, scoring 4110 carries at a strike rate of 145. He is also handy with the ball, picking up 69 wickets at an average of 21 and a save rate of 7.7.