Punjab Kings haven’t played their best cricket in all these years and they have made it to playoffs/semifinals only on two occasions in 2008 and 2014. Majority of the times they haven’t retained a core set of players and that has backfired them much on many occasions.
Let us look at some of their numbers by the franchise and the player
132*: KL Rahul’s unbeaten 132 is the highest score for a captain and an Indian player in IPL. He scored 98 runs from fours and sixes alone in that innings. It is 2nd joint-most for an Indian player after Rishabh Pant, who scored 102 runs from sixes and fours alone. Murali Vijay (98) was the only other to share the joint record with KL Rahul.
4: Number of hat-tricks recorded by Punjab Kings is 4. Yuvraj Singh (2), Axar Patel and Sam Curran have got a hat-trick for Punjab Kings in IPL. Four hat-tricks by an IPL franchise is joint-most with Rajasthan Royals. Also, Sam Curran is the youngest player ever in IPL to take a hat-trick.
11: Punjab Kings holds the distinct record of having 11 different players scoring a century for them. It is most for any IPL franchise.
14: Skipper KL Rahul recorded the fastest 50 ever in IPL history. This feat came from 14 balls during IPL 2018 against Delhi Capitals.
122: Virender Sehwag’s 122 still remains to be the highest score in IPL history for a knock-out game. He scored 122 (58) vs CSK in 2014 IPL qualifier-2.
2000: KL Rahul completed 2000 IPL runs from just 60 innings and by doing so he became the fastest Indian to reach 2000 runs in IPL – surpassing the record of Sachin Tendulkar who achieved that feat from 63 innings in IPL.
200: Punjab Kings was the first team in IPL history to record a 200-run partnership. Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh recorded 206 runs partnership for 2nd wicket vs RCB in 2011 in Dharamshala.
12: Starting from Yuvraj Singh to KL Rahul, 12 different players have captained Punjab Kings. It is most for any IPL franchise followed by Delhi Capitals who have used 11 different players to captain the team in IPL.
19: Number of wickets picked by S. Sreesanth in inaugural edition of IPL is 19, which is most for an Indian bowler during that season.
2: Chris Gayle is the only player to score exactly 99 twice in an IPL edition. Notably, on both occasions he was involved with the Punjab Kings team. He scored 99* vs RCB in 2019 and 99 vs RR in IPL 2020.