Of their quest for a turnaround in fortunes, Punjab Kings went all out within the bidding battle for Aussie fast Jhye Richardson for a whopping Rs 14 crore, in addition to buying uncapped Australian pacer Riley Meredith for Rs 8 crore. Richardson is anticipated to share the brand new ball with Mohammed Shami at Punjab Kings within the 14th version of the IPL.
The franchise additional bolstered their all-round division by going for the mercurial Moises Henriques for Rs 4.20 crore.
Within the batting division, Punjab Kings added extra firepower by roping within the top-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan for his base worth of Rs 1.50 crore, in addition to shelling out Rs 5.25 crore for uncapped Shahrukh Khan. The 25-year-old Tamil Nadu right-hander, who had a base worth of Rs 20 lakh, attracted eyeballs not too long ago for a swashbuckling 19-ball 40 in a quarterfinal match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Punjab Kings got here into the public sale with the very best wage cap of Rs 53.2 crore and have correctly used the sum to strengthen their bench by roping within the likes of West Indian power-hitting all-rounder Fabian Allen (Rs 75 lakh), Jalaj Saxena (Rs 30 lakh), Utkarsh Singh (Rs 20 lakh), and uncapped all-rounder Saurabh Kumar (Rs 20 lakh).
Saxena and Singh, who’re right-arm off-break bowlers, can turn into good funds buys who will add to the squad depth of the franchise.
Squad: KL Rahul (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfraz Khan, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Prabhsimran Singh, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Saurabh Kumar