Punjab Kings Playing Eleven: Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja has raised questions on the selection of playing XI of Punjab Kings. He has expressed surprise over not selecting young player and explosive batsman Shahrukh Khan in this team. Jadeja has said that he did not expect Punjab coach Anil Kumble to keep Shah Rukh Khan on the bench.
Jadeja said, ‘I am one of those people who had high expectations from Punjab Kings this season. I thought that this season I will get to see the new Punjab team but I did not expect Anil Kumble to put Shahrukh Khan on the bench for Rishi Dhawan.
Shahrukh Khan was bought by Punjab Kings in IPL Mega Auction for Rs 9 crore. Punjab included Shahrukh in their team as a finisher. Although this player was able to score only 98 runs in the first seven matches of this season at a strike rate of 100. After this, Punjab replaced Shahrukh with senior all-rounder Rishi Dhawan in the playing XI. Rishi has so far taken four wickets in four matches at an economy of 7.92.
Jadeja says, ‘It has become very difficult to assess this team. When we sit outside and be surprised by the constant changes taking place in the team, imagine what the players must be feeling. Let us inform that Punjab Kings have lost 6 out of 11 matches so far this season. This team will now have to win their remaining three matches to reach the playoffs. If Punjab loses a single match here, it will be difficult for them to race for the playoffs, they will have to depend on the results of other matches.
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