Two new teams will be included in IPL 2022. This will lead to a big auction ahead of next year’s season.
The current 8 teams can retain 4 players of their choice in their team. The retention list deadline is November 30, 2021 and all the franchises are busy taking their final decision on retention.
Punjab Kings is one such team which has performed poorly in the last few seasons. In IPL 2021 too, the team finished sixth in the points table and failed to qualify for the playoffs. Out of the 14 seasons so far, the team has reached the playoffs on only two occasions. Several overseas players had done poorly in the previous season and the franchise will retain only the best players in their team. In this article, we take a look at the expected list of Punjab Kings players for IPL 2022 retention.
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IPL 2022 Retention: Best Approximate List of Players to be Retained by Punjab Kings
Though KL Rahul has been approached by the newly formed Lucknow franchise to join him, Punjab Kings will not let go of the wicketkeeper-batsman so easily. PBKS has also verbally complained to BCCI about the player poaching strategy by Lucknow for KL Rahul.
Reportedly, the Lucknow franchise has offered Rs. 16 crores to KL Rahul for leaving PBKS and joining him. However, Punjab Kings might manage to persuade KL Rahul to sign a contract with him for the next season as well. KL Rahul was the third highest run-scorer in IPL 2021 and won the Orange Cap in the 2020 season.
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Shahrukh Khan is another player that the team can retain in IPL 2022. The franchise bought Khan for Rs. 5.25 crores in IPL 2021 auction, which was his first edition. The all-rounder played some stellar innings in IPL 2021, scoring 153 runs in 11 innings at an average of 21.85.
Recently, he won the title for his home team Tamil Nadu by hitting a last-ball six during the Tamil Nadu vs Karnataka final in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021. The right-handed batsman is a powerful hitter, a quality that franchises need in their batsmen in the IPL.
Mohammed Shami could be the third player that PBKS can retain in IPL 2022. Shami is the most important fast bowler in the team considering the fact that he is a regular player in the national team.
In IPL 2021, he delivered an outstanding bowling performance for the team, taking 19 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 20.78 and an economy rate of 7.50. The right-arm pacer also finished as the 5th highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
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Arshdeep Singh could be another player that Punjab Kings can retain in IPL 2022. Only a few players from the team delivered incredible performances in the 2021 season, and Arshdeep Singh was one of them.
With 18 wickets in 12 matches, he was the second highest wicket-taker for the team in the tournament. He bowled at an economy of 19.0 and a strike rate of 8.27, as well as taking five wickets in a game. Being 22 years old, the young bowler could be a good investment in the future for PBKS.