IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Punjab Kings (PBKS) Players to Target Delhi Capitals (DC)

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IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Punjab Kings (PBKS) Players to Target Delhi Capitals (DC). Capitals of Delhi still waiting to put their name on the IPL winners list finished in 5th place in the last IPL season. Delhi Capitals have won 7 matches in the 14 games they played and have moved up to 5th place in the IPL 2022 points table with a total of 14 points. GMR Sports Pvt. Ltd and the JSW Sports Pvt Ltd team have been inconsistent throughout the IPL 2022 season.

Tata IPL 2023 Trophy. (Photo: IPL)

It is understood that ahead of the IPL 2023 auction, all teams are asked to submit their final list of retained players by November 15, 2022. To avoid a mass collapse, all teams will try to keep their best players and will release the rest. All teams are expected to retain a maximum of 15 players prior to the tournament. The likes of Mandeep Singh, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey and Ripal Patel could be released by the franchise before IPL 2023.

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Shardul Thakur, a fast bowling all-rounder from India, will appear for Kolkata Knight Riders in the next edition of the Indian Premier League 2023 as his former franchise Delhi Capitals traded him for unlimited Mumbai all-rounder Aman Khan.

After the mega auction of the IPL 2022, the cricketing legends placed Punjab Kings among the likely teams to reach the playoffs and even win the IPL trophy. The reason was that they had a really good team made up of a bunch of talented utility players who could single-handedly win games for the franchise.

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But after the IPL competition phase ended, the Mayank Agarwal-led team found themselves packing their bags with just 7 wins from 14 matches, finishing the IPL 2022 points table in the 6e position. There will be a lot of brainstorming from now on leading up to the 16e edition of the IPL. The likes of Shahrukh Khan, Benny Howell, Sandeep Sharma, Vaibhav Arora and even IPL 2022 skipper Mayank Agarwal can be released by the franchise.

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Mayank Agarwal Punjab kings
Mayank Agarwal Punjab Kings(Image: Twitter)

As per various reports, the Mohali-based franchise is planning to release three high-priced purchases – Mayank Agarwal (INR 12 crore), Shahrukh Khan (INR 9 crore) and Odean Smith (INR 6 crore) – so that they can open the mini-auction with a large purse.

Shikhar Dhawan PBKS Captain
Shikhar Dhawan PBKS Captain (Photo: IPL)

Veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been confirmed as the new captain of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) franchise for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Wednesday. Shikhar Dhawan, who was not part of India’s T20I World Cup 2022 squad and is nowadays regarded as an ODI specialist and ODI skipper, will replace another opener Mayank Agarwal as the leader of the Punjab franchise in the IPL 2023.

IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Punjab Kings (PBKS) Players to Target Delhi Capitals (DC)

Shahruk Khan

Shahruk Khan
Shahrukh Khan (Image credit: Twitter)

Punjab Kings (PBKS) left no stone unturned to get 27-year-old Shahrukh Khan back in the TATA IPL 2022 auction spending INR 9 Crores but he only scored 117 points in 8 matches at an average of just 16, 71 with a sub-par pass rate of 108.33.

In IPL 2021, he scored 153 points in 11 matches with an average of 21.85 and a strike rate of 134.21. He was initially a first pick for PBKS, but failed to deliver the explosive finishes he was capable of.

PBKS opted to have Jitesh Sharma as their finisher who fared better with 234 runs in 12 matches with a strike rate of 163.34 in IPL 2022. Shahrukh Khan may be picked up by Delhi Capitals (DC) as they want a designated finisher in the IPL 2023 team. He will be on Delhi’s radar in IPL 2023.