IPL 2023: Punjab Kings made headlines during the IPL auctions held in December when they bought Sam Curran and made him the costliest player in the history of the Indian Premier League.
It seems like Punjab Kings are serious about the new season of the tournament after witnessing a disappointing end to their campaign over the years. Punjab Kings had turned out to be a mediocre squad since the inception of IPL.
Punjab have made some major changes in their squad as they parted ways with Mayank Pandey and gave the leadership responsibility to Shikhar Dhawan. And top bookmakers in India will surely be keeping odds on the higher side for them lifting the title. In comparison to other teams, they still are far behind when it comes to squad strength.
3 players who will be under the spotlight from Punjab Kings in IPL 2023
1) Sam Curran
The costliest player of all time, Sam Curran, has been in brilliant form in recent times. He was part of Chennai Super Kings till 2021 but had to miss the IPL 2022season because of his injury. However, the player has fully recovered and become one of the co-conspirators for England’s T20 World Cup win in 2022.
He was already expected to be in demand during the auction but Punjab claimed the ownership in the end.
2) Sikander Raza
There is always one player in a country who helps the whole cricket association to lift morale and takes the performance of the team to a completely different level. Zimbabwe’s all-rounder Sikander Raza has done it in the past 2 years for his nation.
He helped his national team make a comeback to the World Cup mainstream after years of absence. Raza has been in brilliant form as an allrounder and he will be making his debut in IPL 2023 through Punjab Kings. There is a possibility that Raza might not find a space in the starting XI initially, but if he does, he will be a game-changer.
3) Arshdeep Singh
Punjab Kings and Arshdeep Singh have built a special bond in the past few years. The player made his debut for team India in 2022 after having a brilliant IPL season. Arshdeep is a known face in IPL and he always helps Punjab during the crucial hours of the game.
However, the upcoming season will be different because the player has got international exposure and he will be playing his best game during the upcoming IPL season.