IPL 2023: Predicting starting XI of Punjab Kings (PBKS) for the season

    PBKS are yet to qualify for playoffs since playing final in 2014.

    Middle-Order: Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma (WK)

    Shahrukh Khan
    Shahrukh Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

    Bhanuka Rajapaksha unexpectedly impressed everyone in his debut IPL season. He smashed 206 runs at an average of 22.89 and a strike-rate of 159.69. Although he couldn’t score a single fifty, his cameos were impactful for his side. The franchise will be hoping for some big innings from the Sri Lankan batter.

    People had high expectations from hard-hitter Shahrukh Khan ahead of IPL 2022. Unfortunately, he failed to live up to the expectations and was eventually dropped from the playing XI. However, it would be a mistake to write him off completely. He would like to drop a powerful performance this time.

    Wicketkeeper batter Jitesh Sharma was one of the top finds of IPL 2022. In his debut season, he scored 234 runs at an average of 29.25 and an astonishing strike-rate of 163.64. Once again, he will be expected to score quick runs towards the business end of the match and help his side win.

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