IPL 2023: Punjab Kings Strength, Weakness, X-factors, And Full Squad

Punjab Kings is one such team in the history of the Indian Premier League that has always disappointed their fans season after season. They always spent a huge amount on the players in the IPL Auctions but did not get results in their favor. In 2014, once Punjab Kings(then Kings XI Punjab) went to the finals but they lost the match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Punjab kings Performance In IPL 2022:

In IPL 2022, Punjab Kings went down to the field under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan and it was expected to be a great season for them. However, the team finished in the 6th position and won only seven 7 matches out of 14.

Strengths Of Punjab kings

The main strength of Punjab Kings is their powerful hitters, and this makes PBKS stand out from other teams. Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan, and Jitesh Sharma are some examples of such players who typically adopt an aggressive approach while batting and have impressive strike rates.

PBKS also has a good set of domestic players. Players like Prabhsimran Singh have recently demonstrated outstanding performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Jitesh Sharma is one such name who is doing great and he was also part of the Indian National team. The young Arshdeep is not only the backbone of the pace attack but he could be the game-changer for PBKS in the upcoming season.

Weaknesses Of Punjab kings

The team’s captain Shikhar Dhawan is struggling with the bat and he is also out from the Indian team. It would be difficult for him to score runs without playing any competitive cricket for a long time. Punjab has only one giant leg spinner in the form of Rahul Chahar, the team needs to find his companion for the upcoming season. Jonny Bairstow has also been ruled out from the team and in place of him, the team has got Matthew Short.

The X-factor for Punjab Kings

Sam Curran is the most expensive purchase in IPL history and he is all set to make his return to the Indian Premier League. After a fantastic performance in 2022 for the England cricket team, he will be eager to carry his form into the IPL and have a successful season. Other than Curran, captain Dhawan is the most reliable batter in their batting lineup. If Dhawan scores run from the front, it will give momentum to the team.

PBKS Final Squad for IPL 2023:

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shahrukh Khan, Matthew Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Baltej Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwath Kaverappa, Shivam Singh, and Mohit Rathe.

Punjab Kings Schedule For IPL 2023

Match 1: April 1 – Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Mohali (3:30PM IST)
Match 2: April 5 – Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings, Guwahati (7:30PM IST)
Match 3: April 9 – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings, Hyderabad (7:30PM IST)
Match 4: April 13 – Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans, Mohali (7:30PM IST)
Match 5: April 15 – Lucknow Super Giants vs Punjab Kings, Lucknow (7:30PM IST)
Match 6: April 20 – Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mohali (3:30PM IST)
Match 7: April 22 – Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings, Mumbai (7:30PM IST)
Match 8: April 28 – Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants, Mohali (7:30PM IST)
Match 9: April 30 – Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings, Chennai (3:30PM IST)
Match 10: May 3 – Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians, Mohali (7:30PM IST)
Match 11: May 8 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, Kolkata (7:30PM IST)
Match 12: May 13 – Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings, Delhi (7:30PM IST)
Match 13: May 17 – Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals, Dharamsala (7:30PM IST)
Match 14: May 19 – Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Dharamsala (7:30PM IST)

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