PBKS vs MI: Why is Sikandar Raza Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match? Check PBKS Playing 11
Updated on: May 3, 2023 9:08 pm IST
Interestingly, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) have once again dropped their in-form all-rounder Sikandar Raza for their 10th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) against the Mumbai Indians (MI) being hosted at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The Punjab Kings will surely be very much high on confidence as they are coming into this match on the back of an amazing 4-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in a nail-biting thriller. The Punjab Kings are currently slotted at the fifth position on the points table with a total of 5 wins and 4 losses in IPL 2023.
PBKS vs MI: Why is Sikandar Raza Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match?
During the toss, it was stated that Sikandar Raza is not part of the starting PBKS playing XI for today’s PBKS vs MI match. Incidentally, the Zimbabwe senior all-rounder is absolutely fit and part of the five substitute members out of which one can come in as an Impact Player at any moment in the encounter. However, this looks a really shocking decision by the Punjab Kings team management as Raza was the one who smashed the winning runs in the last match against Chennai Super Kings. Earlier in the tournament, Sikandar also scored a match-winning half-century against Lucknow Super Giants. As the Punjab Kings are batting first, they are unlikely to use him as an Impact Player in this game against Mumbai Indians.
“We would have bowled first. I feel the wicket looks good, it’s not dry, won’t change much. It’s good to bat first and post a big total, looking forward to it. We keep the energy calm and relaxed. Mentally you need to be relaxed, as a leader I need to make sure of it. Short is in, Rabada is out,” said Punjab Kings captain Shikhar Dhawan during the toss.
PBKS Playing 11
1. Shikhar Dhawan (C)
2. Prabhsimran Singh
3. Matthew Short
4. Liam Livingstone
5. Jitesh Sharma (wk)
6. Shahrukh Khan
7. Sam Curran
8. Harpreet Brar
9. Rishi Dhawan
10. Rahul Chahar
11. Arshdeep Singh
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Sikandar Raza IPL 2023 Price
During the player auction for the Indian Premier League 2023, the Punjab Kings acquired the services of Zimbabwe’s experienced all-rounder, Sikandar Raza, for his base price of INR 50 Lakh. He is quite an experienced player having served Zimbabwe at the international level for a long while and also played T20 leagues across the globe.
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