Purse left: 3.45 crores
Biggest buys: Liam Livingstone (11.5 crores), Kagiso Rabada (9.25 crores), Shahrukh Khan (9 crores)
Punjab Kings have had a history of failing at multiple IPL auctions or overspending on the wrong players, but this time around the Punjab Kings were one of the balanced sides in the TATA IPL mega auction.
Only a few teams can match the quality of power hitters on their side and the depth in their batting department. veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan’s presence in the top order compensates for the loss of their former skipper KL Rahul.
Dhawan will not only open but also rank as a strong contender for the captaincy role along with Mayank Agarwal who was retained by the franchise before the auction. The English pair of Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone will help the Punjab side in the opening and middle order of their side. If that is not enough, the uncapped Indian allrounder Shah Rukh Khan and West Indies allrounder Odean Smith will have a spot in the lower-middle order. Kagiso Rabada will lead the bowling unit which includes the likes of Smith and left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh and likely Raj Bawa.
Punjab Kings Batters/Batsmen:
Mayank Agarwal, Jonny Bairstow, Jitesh Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Punjab Kings all-rounders Unit:
Prerak Mankad, Ansh Patel, Raj Angad Bawa, Odean Smith, Liam Livingstone, Harpreet Brar, Atharva Taide, Writtick Chatterjee, Shahrukh Khan, Benny Howell, and Rishi Dhawan.
Punjab Kings’ bowling Unit:
Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Vaibhav Arora, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Ishan Porel, Baltej Dhanda.