KKR vs PBKS IPL 2023: Why is Sikandar Raza Not Playing Today’s Match IPL? Check Punjab Kings XI

Updated on: May 8, 2023 7:36 pm IST

Why is Sikandar Raza not playing KKR vs PBKS IPL 2023 match?

The Kolkata Knight Riders are hosting Punjab Kings in match no 53 of Tata IPL 2023 at the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata. Both teams have been on and off with their form and would be looking to gain some momentum in this crucial game. Changes in the playing 11 were inevitable after some inconsistent performances and Punjab Kings have made a few of them. They haven’t included Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza in this KKR vs PBKS match.

KKR vs PBKS IPL 2023: Why is Sikandar Raza Not Playing Today’s Match IPL?

In what seems to be a shocking news, Punjab’s skipper Shikhar Dhawan announced at the toss that their Zimbabwean all-rounder Sikandar Raza has not been included in the eleven. There is no injury concerns for Sikandar as it is a tactical change depending on the surface. Hpwever. he is named among the substitutes and could come into the eleven if needed for his batting in the first innings. Check what Shikhar Dhawan, the PBKS captain said at the toss,

“We gonna bat first. The wicket looks quite dry, we would like to put a good total and defend it. That’s a good thing that we are scoring 200 every game. One change, Bhanuka comes in place of Short. Seems like it will stop a bit and come.”

PBKS Playing 11

1. Prabhsimran Singh
2. Shikhar Dhawan
3. Bhanuka Rajapaksa
4. Liam Livingstone
5. Jitesh Sharma

6. Sam Curran
7. Shahrukh Khan
8. Harpreet Brar

9. Rishi Dhawan
10. Rahul Chahar
11. Arshdeep Singh

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Sikandar Raza IPL 2023 Price

Sikandar Raza was bought by Punjab Kings for INR 50 lakhs during the IPL 2023 auction, making him the fourth Zimbabwean player to secure an IPL contract after Ray Price, Tatenda Taibu, and Brendan Taylor. Punjab Kings opened the bidding at the base price, and none of the other teams expressed any interest in acquiring the player.

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