IPL 2022: Punjab Kings appoint Mayank Agarwal as captain
IPL 2022: Indian opener Mayank Agarwal has now officially been handed over captaincy responsibilities ahead of the Tata Indian Premier League 2022 for the Punjab Kings. The 30-year-old will lead the franchise in the coming season, taking over from friend and state teammate KL Rahul.
Agarwal had a great season with the team in IPL 2021 too. After amassing 441 runs in 12 matches at an impressive average of 40.09. He also possessed a healthy strike rate of 140.28 through the season. Creating some memorable moments for the team, and the fans.
Mayank Agarwal, Captain, Punjab Kings said:
“I have been at Punjab Kings since 2018 and I take a lot of pride in representing this fantastic unit. And I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the team. Therefore, I take over this responsibility with utmost sincerity. But at the same time, I believe my job would made easier with the talent we have at the Punjab Kings squad this season.”
“I thank the team management for entrusting me with this new role of leading the side. I look forward to the new season and the new challenges it brings with it,” said Mayank after being named captain.
Head Coach Anil Kumble too opined on the captaincy choice, stating:
“Mayank has been an integral part of the side since 2018. And of the leadership group for the last two years. The new squad we selected at the recently concluded auction has exciting young talent and outstanding experienced players. We want to create a strong foundation for the future with Mayank at the helm.”
Punjab Kings squad: Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odean Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taide, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Benny Howell.