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Punjab Kings SWOT Analysis for IPL 2021

The switch from Kings XI Punjab to Punjab Kings was seamless, but the desire for their maiden title remains the same. The likes of Malan, Henriques, Allen, Shahrukh, Richardson & Meredith were smart additions. Can they gel within the existing setup? Who plays – Gayle or Malan? KL Rahul and co. do have a few decisions to make ahead of IPL 2021 while we do a SWOT Analysis!

KL Rahul was the top scorer in IPL 2020 with 670 runs while Gayle looked like a momentum booster at no.3 | Image Source: Twitter.com

STRENGTHS

The Punjab Kings have an enormous reputation in their potential top 4 batters with KL Rahul, Agarwal, Gayle & Pooran. With Shahrukh, Henriques, and Richardson to follow, PBKS can definitely bank on massive totals in IPL 2021. Mandeep Singh, Dawid Malan, Sarfaraz Khan, and Deepak Hooda along with Jalaj Saxena are more than efficient backup options for Punjab.

With the addition of Jhye Richardson, Fabian Allen, and Moises Henriques adding to both bowling and batting depth, Punjab Kings are spoilt for choice in their Top 7 spots in the starting lineup. This depth will help them massively when one of their gun bowlers might be having an off day at the office.

Also Read: Rajasthan Royals SWOT Analysis for IPL 2021

 

WEAKNESS

It would be fair to say that apart from Mohammed Shami, the rest of their Indian bowlers lack International experience. The spin duo of Ashwin and Bishnoi averaged less than 1 wicket per appearance in IPL 2020 for the Punjab Kings. Death bowling is a major reason to worry for them like last season and they will be hoping to halt momentum early on and in the middle overs.

Apart from the above, it is very difficult to find an obvious weakness in the squad. Having said that, the likes of Meredith, Malan, and Richardson are new to the IPL and Henriques has come back after a break. the adaptability to these overseas stars could take a while initially before they tee off.

 

OPPORTUNITIES

This IPL season offers a massive redemption opportunity on an international level for both the Punjab Kings openers – KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. A productive season like the last one might see them be in contention for the India T20I setup on a more regular basis. Shahrukh Khan makes his debut in the IPL this season and he recently smashed it to all parts of the ground in both domestic tournaments. His performance could be key to Punjab making big totals.

Just like IPL 2020, Punjab Kings will depend on M Ashwin and Bishnoi in the middle overs to stem the flow of runs. With a combined 22 wickets for the duo last year, a massive opportunity for one of them to prove worthy of a potential RTM card in the IPL Mega Auctions next year. Arshdeep Singh and Ishan Porel will also be the ones to look out for in the current setup.

Shahrukh Khan was a big-money buy for the Punjab Kings in IPL Auction 2021 | Image Source: Twitter.com

 

THREATS

The fitness of Mohammed Shami will be of massive concern for Punjab Kings all season long considering he is the only Indian gun bowler in the lineup. His replacements Ishan Porel / Arshdeep Singh or Darshan Nalkande are not the same quality of bowlers. They will have to manage the workload of Shami very carefully this season especially considering that he is only just returning from an injury.

Lack of experience in certain key positions like the spinners and finishers could potentially haunt them in crunch matches. KL Rahul’s captaincy could be tested with squad management this season with a couple of star players having to be on the bench.

 

Punjab Kings looked better equipped than last season to take that step forward and make it into the Top 4. They are heavily dependant on their batting to get the big scores but with their lineup, it is hard to think that will not be the case for them. Stay tuned to The Sports Doyen for all the coverage of the Indian Premier League!

 

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