Punjab Kings is a cricket franchise that competes in the Indian Premier League. The team is based in Mohali, Punjab, and its home games are held at the PCA Stadium. The Punjab Kings was founded in 2008 as the Kings XI Punjab, and their current name was adopted in 2018.
The Punjab Kings have never won the IPL, but they have made the playoffs twice – in 2008 and 2014. The team’s best result came in 2014 when they finished as runners-up.
Punjab Kings will be looking to make a name for themselves in the 2023 IPL edition, and they have retained seven players who will be a part of their squad. In this article, we will take a look at the top 7 retained players of Punjab Kings.
1. Shikhar Dhawan
In the 2022 IPL, the veteran Indian batsman was the team’s leading run-scorer. Dhawan scored 460 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of nearly 123 and an average of 38.33. Dhawan has been an important member of the team’s batting line-up, and he will look to continue his good form in the upcoming IPL edition. He has also been named as the captain of Punjab Kings for the 2023 IPL edition.
2. Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone was the second-highest run-scorer for Punjab Kings in the 2022 IPL edition. He scored 437 runs in 14 matches at an average of 36.42 and a strike rate of nearly 182. Livingstone is a destructive batsman and he is capable of scoring runs quickly. He will be looking to build on his good form in the upcoming IPL edition.
3. Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow is a wicket-keeper batsman who is known for his big-hitting ability. Bairstow scored 253 runs in 11 matches at an average of 23 and a strike rate of nearly 145. Jonny is a destructive batsman and he is capable of scoring runs quickly. He will be looking to build on his lost form in the upcoming IPL edition.
4. Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh is a young Indian cricketer who has been with the Punjab Kings since his IPL debut in 2019. He has been consistently performing well since then. He took 10 wickets for his team in 14 matches during the IPL 2022. Given his performance in the Asia Cup and World Cup T20 2022, he will be looking to replicate it in the IPL 2023 edition as well.
5. Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada is one of the most dangerous bowlers in today’s modern-day cricket. The West Indies cricketer played in 13 matches for the Punjab Kings in the 2022 IPL edition and picked up 23 wickets for the team. He is expected to lead the bowling attack of Punjab Kings in the IPL 2023 edition.
6. Rahul Chahar
Rahul Chahar is an Indian cricketer who has appeared in 13 matches for the Punjab Kings, taking 14 wickets with an economy rate of 7.71. He will be looking to rebuild his form in the IPL 2023 edition and is expected to be a key player in his team.
7. Shahrukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan is a promising young Indian cricketer. Khan was not at his best in the 2022 IPL edition, and in 8 matches he played for the Punjab Kings he just managed to score 117 runs at an average of 16.17 and a strike rate of 108.33. Both Shahrukh and the franchise expect him to perform big in the IPL 2023 edition.