Punjab Kings named Mayank Agarwal as new captain for IPL 2022
Punjab Kings has announced that Mayank Agarwal will be their new captain for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 edition. The 31-year-old Agarwal, who was retained by PK alongside young pacer Arshdeep Singh and left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar, has served as a Vice Captain and a key player of the team. Follow us for more IPL 2022 updates and cricket IPL 2022 predictions and odds!
“I have been at Punjab Kings since 2018 and I take a lot of pride in representing this fantastic unit. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the team,” Agarwal said in a statement issued by the franchise. “I take over this responsibility with utmost sincerity, but at the same time, I believe my job would be made easier with the talent we have at the Punjab Kings squad this season.”
Agarwal has been one of the team’s leading batters and scored 424 runs (SR 156.45) and 441 runs (SR 140.44) in 2020 and 2021 respectively. He has 2131 runs at an average of 23.41 and strike rate of 135.47 throughout his IPL career. However, Agarwal hasn’t yet earned his India cap in T20Is despite his impressive performance in the IPL. He was only called up as an injury replacement recently.
“Mayank has been an integral part of the side since 2018 and of the leadership group for the last two years,” Kings head coach Anil Kumble said. “The new squad we selected at the recently concluded auction has exciting young talent and outstanding experienced players. We want to create a strong foundation for the future with Mayank at the helm.”
Earlier, PK used up their maximum purse to acquire quality players with the hopes to claim their maiden title in the cash-rich tournament. Punjab Kings, who have reached the IPL finals only once in 2014, finished sixth out in the last three editions. They have been grouped with Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers and Gujarat Titans in Group B in the upcoming IPL.
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