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Mayank Agarwal Edges Shikhar Dhawan in Captaincy Race; Likely to Lead Punjab Kings in IPL 2022

Mayank Agarwal Punjab Kings Captain: The news is not official and an announcement in this regard is expected to happen soon. 

Published: February 24, 2022 7:25 AM IST

By Sports Desk | Edited by Ankit Banerjee

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IPL 2022: Mayank Agarwal (Credits PTI)

Chandigarh: After much speculation, Punjab Kings have finally named their captain and it is going to be Mayank Agarwal who will lead the franchise in the upcoming season of the IPL. Before the auction, Mayank and Arshdeep Singh were the only two players that were retained by the franchise. The news is not official and an announcement in this regard is expected to happen soon.

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“In all likelihood, Mayank will captain the side. The announcement is expected later this week,” an IPL source told PTI.

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Punjab, who went into the auction with the maximum purse, made good use of the money by getting the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada and buying back left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar and explosive Tamil Nadu batter Shahrukh Khan.
Dhawan’s name as captain was also doing the rounds but the management was keen on Agarwal as the leader even before the auction.

“Dhawan is a welcome addition to the side and was always on the radar at the auction. He is a champion player but it seems Punjab were keen on Mayank as captain ever since K L Rahul left the team,” the source added.

Agarwal and Rahul formed one of the most prolific opening pairs in the IPL over the past couple of years. Rahul will lead Lucknow Super Giants this season.

Punjab would like to forget about the past and start afresh. They are one of the few franchises who are yet to win the IPL crown.

(With PTI inputs)

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Published Date: February 24, 2022 7:25 AM IST