When the Punjab Kings (PBKS) kick off their IPL 2023 campaign on April 1 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their hometown of Mohali, they will be looking to improve upon their sixth-place finish in the previous season.
After Mayank Agarwal had a poor season with the bat the previous year, the PBKS administration made a number of changes to their team, releasing him and giving Shikhar Dhawan the captaincy for the IPL 2023.
The England board’s decision to deny Jonny Bairstow a NOC while he recovers from a broken leg handed them another devastating blow. Sam Curran and Sikandar Raza were purchased by PBKS at the IPL 2023 sale for 18.50 crores and 50 lakhs, respectively.
Sam Curran is the most costly IPL player ever, with a price tag of INR 18.5 crore. If Punjab Kings are to advance to the IPL playoffs for the first time since 2014, the 24-year-old England all-rounder will be crucial.
Curran was named Player of the Tournament and Player of the Match in the Final of the T20 World Cup in Australia because of his death-bowling, which most people found shocking.