IPL Mega Auction: Top 3 Picks by Punjab Kings

Jeremy Caroll

Here are the top 3 picks of Punjab Kings for the upcoming seaon of Indian Premier League –

Odean Smith: The West Indies’ best and in-form hitting all-rounder got sold to Punjab Kings for Rs. 6 crore. The all-hammering rounder’s bowling stroke will aid his team throughout the game.

SRH attempted to buy Odean during the auction, but Punjab confirmed the final bid on the hitter.
West Indies all-rounder Odean Smith demonstrated his big-hitting ability against India in the third One-Day International in Ahmedabad on Friday, a day before the IPL 2022 mega auction.

In a blistering 36-run knock in 18 balls, Smith hammered three sixes and three fours. Just a day before the IPL, Smith went above and beyond to show what he can do with the bat with India on the edge of victory.

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Kagiso Rabada: At the 2022 IPL Auction in Bengaluru, Punjab Kings was successful in acquiring Kagiso Rabada for ₹9.25 crore at the 2022 IPL Auction in Bengaluru. It was a long war of bidding as Punjab Kings and Gujrat Titans were also interested in procuring Rabada.

Kagiso Rabada excelled for Delhi Capitals and was a lethal pacer for his previous team throughout their successful IPL 2020 and 2021 campaigns. It would be an understatement to say that Kagiso Rabada is the embodiment of a tornado. Rabada has had an incredible career in international cricket, and there isn’t a format in which he hasn’t excelled.

IPL 2022 Mega Auction Kagiso Rabada
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Shikhar Dhawan: Punjab Kings has successfully purchased Indian left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan for a whopping sum of ₹8.25 crore, while Rajasthan Royals and former team Delhi Capitals failed to seal their bids on the successful batsman. With Dhawan joining Punjab Kings, the franchise has clinched a spot in the upcoming IPL season.

In a recent press conference, Shikhar Dhawan revealed that he is seeking to contribute to the team’s performance and that he has shifted his focus from ‘competition’ since he feels like a lone fighter when he thinks of only contributing.

Former Indian spinner Anil Kumble, who is currently the head coach of Punjab Kings, has done a great job in picking the players for their team. During Byju’s Talking Cricket, Anil Kumble hinted about the new captain of Punjab Kings. Kumble called Shikhar Dhawan joining Punjab Kings as “Back home” and the veteran spinner later praised how Shikhar can help the team move forward.

IPL 2022 Mega Auction Shikhar Dhawan
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