KL Rahul was released by his home franchise In Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018 prior to the auction and he was sold to Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) for a handsome amount of 11 crore rupees. It came as a huge shock that RCB released a player of his caliber at first place but the price he fetched in the auction wasn’t a shock by any means as he deserved every penny of it.
KL Rahul played under Ravichandran Ashwin for his initial 2 years in Kings XI Punjab and he was made captain in 2020 which changed the way he was batting in the previous 2 years. He was trying to take more burden on himself without trusting the other batters in the team. He played in a much conservative manner which hampered his natural game well and good.
Though KL Rahul was always amongst the runs in all the 4 years for Punjab Kings, he didn’t get them at a strike rate which he would have liked. KL Rahul even said that the role which he was doing for the past 2 years was purely because of what the team management had asked of him. After 2 poor seasons as a captain, it is learn that KL Rahul has expressed his concerns over staying with the franchise which means the best T20 player in India will be under the hammer for the first time since 2018.
With 2 new franchise in the scene, one can expect a massive bidding war for the marquee player who is not only a gun top order batter but also a wicket-keeper and has the experience of being a captain. It is also learnt that several franchises have already shown interest in buying him and have approached KL Rahul.
One can only hope that KL Rahul gets to play his natural game in the new franchise which is his strong forte and take the IPL by storm like 2018.