Punjab Kings (PB) IPL team 2023 analysis

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Punjab Kings had yet another disappointing season last year as they finished 6th. The team has had trouble year after year. Despite spending a lot of money over the years, they have consistently let their fans down. Anil Kumble and Co have a lot of work to do as they will look to finally their title drought. Let’s take a closer look at Punjab’s squad for this year’s Indian Premier League.

Punjab Kings (PB) IPL team 2023 analysis
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Batting

PBKS has invested heavily in T20 batters with a strong reputation. Punjab’s top 3 are Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, and Prabhsimarn Singh. Expect runs from the start because Bairstow and Dhawan frequently combine for long partnerships. Liam Livingstone is perhaps the league’s most dynamic batter, and if the opposition doesn’t get him out quickly, he might rapidly score massive runs. Punjab’s finishers would be Shah Rukh Khan, Sikander Raza, and Rishi Dhawan. Late in the game, Sam Curran and Kagiso Rabada can also make destructive runs.

All-Rounders

There is no dearth of scarcity when it comes to Punjab’s all-rounders. Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Odean Smith, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, and Mohit Rathee are some of the options. Sikander Raza had an amazing ICC T20 world cup. Liam Livingstone and Sam Curran starred for England in their world cup winning run. Raj Bawa and Rishi Dhawan are some Indian options that Punjab could try out.

Bowlers

Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh and Sam Curran would open the bowling for Punjab and all of them can be used at death overs.  Rahul Chahar and Sikander Raza would be the teams specialist spinners and they can be deadly on their best days. Liam Livingstone can also be useful in the middle-overs. Harpreet Brar and Nathan Elis are also viable options for Punjab.

Punjab Kings (PB) Strength

Punjab have some of the best batsmen in the form of Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, and Odean Smith making this batting lineup perhaps the best in the competition and capable of confronting the opposition’s bowlers this time. They also have array of all-rounders in form of Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Sam Curran and Sikander Raza. The Punjab Kings also have three of the top death bowlers in the league. Even though Arshdeep may not be in top shape, he has always been important in the IPL. A deadly speed bowling trio consisting of Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, and Arshdeep Singh is capable of decimating any top order.

Punjab Kings (PB) Weakness

Punjab’s weakness is most noticeable in the middle order. They should have selected at least one batter with more experience and dynamism. They are counting on Bhanuka to do the task, yet he occasionally exudes a lack of confidence. Their potential finishers are Jitesh Sharma and Shahr, but none of them possesses the necessary explosiveness or expertise. Rahul Chahar is the only experienced spinner on the team, so PBKS is counting on him to cause the most damage by mystifying the best in the industry.

Punjab Kings (PB) full squad for 2023

Punjab Kings (PB) IPL team 2023 analysis
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Wicketkeepers: Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma.

Batters: Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (SL), M. Shahrukh Khan, Atharva Taide, Harpreet Bhatia.

All-rounders: Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Odean Smith, Liam Livingstone (ENG), Sam Curran (ENG), Sikandar Raza (ZIM), Shivam Singh, Mohit Rathee.

Bowlers: Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Singh, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis (AUS), Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada (SA), Vidwath Kaverappa.

 Punjab Kings (PB) expected playing eleven:

Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan(C), Prabhsimarn Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma(WK), Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh.

 Punjab Kings (PB) fixture list for IPL 2023

Here are the full fixture list for Punjab Kings.

Date and TimeMatch Details
Sat, Apr 01
10:00 AM GMT | 03:30 PM LOCAL
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 2nd Match
IPL 2023
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Wed, Apr 05
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings, 8th Match
IPL 2023
Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Sun, Apr 09
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings, 14th Match
IPL 2023
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Thu, Apr 13
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans, 18th Match
IPL 2023
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Sat, Apr 15
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Lucknow Super Giants vs Punjab Kings, 21st Match
IPL 2023
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Thu, Apr 20
10:00 AM GMT | 03:30 PM LOCAL
Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 27th Match
IPL 2023
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Sat, Apr 22
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings, 31st Match
IPL 2023
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Fri, Apr 28
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants, 38th Match
IPL 2023
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Sun, Apr 30
10:00 AM GMT | 03:30 PM LOCAL
Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings, 41st Match
IPL 2023
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Wed, May 03
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians, 45th Match
IPL 2023
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Mon, May 08
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, 53rd Match
IPL 2023
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Sat, May 13
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings, 59th Match
IPL 2023
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Wed, May 17
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals, 64th Match
IPL 2023
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Fri, May 19
02:00 PM GMT | 07:30 PM LOCAL
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 66th Match
IPL 2023
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Also read the full analysis for Kolkata Knight Riders.

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