Shahrukh Khan Punjab Kings: A wonderful spectacle which is the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) awaits the millions of the cricket fanatics around the globe. The global T20 cricketing carnival will kickstart with the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) locking horns with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 9 in Chennai. The upcoming season of the IPL will witness many new young prospects who will have a great opportunity to showcase their talent at the biggest level.
The newly named Punjab Kings bought the exciting Tamil Nadu batsman Shahrukh Khan at the IPL 2021 auction for a whopping price of INR 5.25 crores. Shahrukh has done impressively well at the domestic level in the last couple of years. However, in a recent interview, Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble stated that young Shahrukh reminds him of West Indies’ big-hitting batsman Kieron Pollard.
“He (Shahrukh ) reminds me a bit of Pollard actually. When I was with Mumbai Indians, Pollard in the nets was dangerous. I used to bowl a bit (in the nets), and the first thing I used to tell him was don’t hit straight,” Kumble said in a video posted on Punjab Kings’ Twitter handle.
“Here I’m not even trying. I’m a lot older now, and the body doesn’t take the bowling anymore. So, I’m not going to bowl at Shahrukh, for sure,” he added.
The Punjab Kings will start their IPL 2021 campaign against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 12 in Mumbai. The duo of Nicholas Pooran and Jhye Richardson are the first two obvious automatic overseas picks in Punjab’s starting XI. However, they have to make the tough choice in choosing one of Dawid Malan or Chris Gayle to bat at No.3 position and the former looks to be a likely starter. Moises Henriques adds a lot of balance in the side and thus, he could be their fourth overseas pick for the first game. Therefore, Pooran, Richardson, Malan and Henriques will start as the overseas players in Punjab Kings’ playing XI.
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