India cricketing great Sunil Gavaskar has insisted that 2022 won’t be the year to see Punjab Kings ending their IPL title drought. He said despite the team having a solid set of players on paper, they don’t have even a single “impact” player on their roster.
The 2022 Indian Premier League gets underway on March 26, with the current reigning champions the Chennai Super Kings going up against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai, India.
Over the course of two days at the IPL auction, Punjab Kings bought several top players – including Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, and Liam Livingstone. They also managed to hold on to bowler Arshdeep Singh and star opener Mayank Agarwal.
But Gavaskar this week seemed convinced regarding his doubts about the team’s ability to take the title this year. He did however add that the lack of an impact player could actually end up benefiting a side. With low expectations comes less pressure, said the leading cricket pundit.
Himself a former Indian cricketer, Gavaskar added that any team hoping to win an IPL title had to get into a consistent rotation of winning in the sport’s shortest format. He said that this was the main reason he doubted PBKS’ ability to turn the tables of destiny around during this year’s edition of the cash-richest tournament on the planet.
The Punjab Kings will begin their 2022 campaign against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on March 27.
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