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IPL 2023: Shikhar Dhawan replaces Mayank Agarwal as Punjab Kings Captain

IPL 2023: Shikhar Dhawan replaces Mayank Agarwal as Punjab Kings Captain

IPL 2023: Punjab Kings are all set to change their captain for the 14th time as they are all set to hand the reins of captaincy to Shikhar Dhawan. India’s star batter Shikhar Dhawan will replace Mayank Agarwal as Punja Kings Captain & will take up his duties from the IPL 2023. The decision was approved by the franchisee’s board meeting which was held on Wednesday.

The franchise was considering this move for quite some time after they failed to qualify for the playoffs in the IPL 2022. {iunjab Lings has taken some shocking decisions by ending their three years long alliance with Anik Kumble by not renewing their contract which ended last month. Trevor Bayliss steps in place of Kumble who will be closely involved with franchisees’ crucial decisions & programs directed at the development of the players.

On the other hand, the call on whether to retain Agarwal or trade or release him will be made in due course of time between the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy & Vijay Hazare Competition when the coaching staff is expected to arrive in India. Notably, November 15 is the last date for the submission of the list of players who will be released for the auction which will be held in the third week of December.

IPL 2023: Why the management appointed Shikhar Dhawan as Punjab Kings Captain

One of the key reasons why the Punjab Kings have decided to bring in Shikhar Dhawan in place of Mayank Agarwal is Dhawan’s growing prominence in white ball cricket. Though he is not considered for T20Is he is an integral part of India’s ODI set-up having captained the ODI team on several occasions. He has been appointed as the Captain for India’s ODI series against New Zealand which is a part of India’s upcoming New Zealand tour beginning after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2022. Another reason for the change in captainship is the team management’s wish of bringing in Dhawan & Jonny Bairstow as openers. Mayank himself being the opener & the cpatain of the decision on batting order often becomes a difficult task.

Punjab Kings has retained Mayank in IPL 2022 Auctions for a whopping prize of 14 crores. The Indian opener scored 196 runs in 12 innings at an average of 16.33 while Bairstow had scored 253 runs in 11 matches at an average of 23. And the newly appointed Captain Shikhar Dhawan was Kings’ highest run scorer in their last edition.

Whether Mayank will be released ahead of the IPL 2023 is a call that will be taken after full knowledge about Bairstow’s availability for the league. Bairstow’s injury seems serious & there are chances that he will not feature in this year’s IPL. A source in the franchise said that they will have a talk with Mayank before taking a call on his release.

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IPL 2023: Shikhar Dhawan replaces Mayank Agarwal as Punjab Kings Captain
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