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Punjab Kings (PBKS) have been involved in those teams which have not won the Indian Premier League (IPL) title even once. This team stepped into the finals in 2014 but was defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders. In IPL-2023, this team will enter with a new captain. Mayank Agarwal, who captained the team last season, was released by the team this season and Shikhar Dhawan was made the captain. So lets know what is Punjab Kings (PBKS) Possible11 in IPL 2023 and Strongest PBKS Playing11.
Punjab Kings, Dhawan was taken by the team last season only. Earlier, Dhawan had captained Sunrisers Hyderabad but did not prove to be much successful. This time, what wonder Punjab will do under the captaincy of Dhawan, it will be a matter to be seen. The team has changed not only the captain but also the coaching staff. Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as the head coach of the team and Wasim Jaffer has been made the batting coach.
As far as bowling is concerned, Punjab has bowlers like Arshdeep Singh and Kagiso Rabada. The pairing of these two was very successful last season as well and can do well this time too. Apart from this, the team would like to go with Rahul Chahar as a leg-spinner. Harpreet Brar can also make a place in the playing 11 of the team with his spin.
Retained players of PBKS, Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Shah Rukh Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Singh, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar
Sam Curran becomes the most expensive Player In IPL History, Sam Curran has created history. He has become the highest paid player in the auction of IPL history. Punjab Kings bought him for a record Rs 18.5 crore. This young all-rounder played an important role in making the team champion by performing well in the T20 World Cup. Punjab also bet on Karen because he has not won the IPL title till date. From the first season of the T20 league, the team is entering the tournament. Apart from this, the team has also included Zimbabwean all-rounder Sikandar Raza. He had a total of 16 players before the auction. There was an amount of 32.2 crores in the purse. The team spent more than half the money only on Sam Curran and bought a total of 6 players. It has 4 all-rounders.
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PBKS squad for IPL 2023 after mini auction, 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.