Ahead of the IPL 2023 auction, Punjab Kings have tried well to retain their core players for the forthcoming edition. The management chose experienced Shikhar Dhawan as the captain, who would take the team forward in 2023. At present, they have 16 players and need to fill up nine slots, with three being overseas players.
Moreover, they can shell out a maximum of INR 32.20 Crore to secure the services of nine players. It will be interesting to see the strategy of the team management in the event. Here, we analyze the team’s focus areas for the 2023 season.
Punjab Kings Auction Purse: INR 32.20 Crore
Also Read: IPL 2023 Mini Auction Live Updates
Also read: IPL 2023 Auction Live Updates
PBKS of retained players: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shahrukh Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Singh, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar.
List of players released/traded: Mayank Agarwal, Odean Smith, Vaibhav Arora, Benny Howell, Ishan Porel, Ansh Patel, Prerak Mankad, Sandeep Sharma, Writtick Chatterjee
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List of players bought by PBKS in the mini-auction: England all-rounder Sam Curran for INR 18.50 Crore (Most expensive bid in IPL), Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza for INR 50 lakh, uncapped Indian player Harpreet Bhatia sold for INR 40 lakh while Vidwath Kaverappa, Shivam Singh and Mohit Rathee sold for INR 20 Lakh.
Complete squad of PBKS for IPL 2023: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shahrukh Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Singh, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Vidwath Kaverappa, Shivam Singh, Harpreet Bhatia and Mohit Rathee