IPL 2023: The mini auction of IPL 2023 took place on 23 December. In this auction, Punjab Kings made the biggest bid of IPL. Punjab included England all-rounder Sam Curran in their team at a huge cost. Sam was bought by Punjab Kings for Rs 18.50 crore. Sam Curran played an important role in making his team the champion in T20 World Cup 2022. In such a situation, by including Curran in his team, Punjab will have full hope that he will win his first IPL title.
Punjab can’t handle the pressure
The biggest weakness of Punjab Kings has been its middle order batting. If the openers fail, then the whole team gets scattered like leaves. This is the reason why the team does not even reach the playoffs. Punjab has made Shikhar Dhawan its captain this time. In such a situation, Punjab hopes that under the captaincy of Dhawan, they will get the first title of IPL.
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Middle order strengthened with the arrival of Curran and Raza
Apart from Sam Curran, Punjab Kings have also included Sikandar Raza in their team in the IPL auction. With the arrival of these two players, the middle order batting of Punjab has become very strong. Curran can bat fast for the team in the end overs. The same Sikandar Raza can wreak havoc on any bowler. Both these players can win the team with both bat and ball.
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Punjab Kings Full Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh, Atharva, Harpreet Brar, Liam Livingstone, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Shah Rukh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Dhanda, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidveth Kaverappa and Mohit Rathi.
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