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Mayank Agarwal likely to Captain Punjab Kings: Source

Mayank Agarwal likely to Captain Punjab Kings: Source

Punjab Kings are only one of the two franchises apart from Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have not announced their captain's name yet. In the past couple of seasons, Punjab, who KL Rahul led, will be without the wicketkeeper batter as he parted ways with the franchise and has joined Lucknow Super Giants.

Mayank Agarwal, who was retained by the franchise ahead of the auction, is all set to become the next captain of Punjab Kings for the upcoming season. A formal announcements is expected soon. "In all likelihood, Mayank Agarwal will captain the side. The announcements are expected later this week," an IPL source told PTI.

Punjab, who went into the IPL 2022 auction with the total purse, did innovative business in the mega event as they acquired some talented players with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Shikhar Dhawan, and buying back left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar and explosive Tamil Nadu batter Shahrukh Khan. Shikhar Dhawan's captain was also doing the rounds, but the management was keen on Mayank Agarwal as the leader even before the auction.

Mayank Agarwal likely to Captain Punjab Kings Source 1Twitter image: @PunjabKingsIPL

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"Shikhar Dhawan is a welcome addition to the team and was always on the radar at the auction. Shikhar is a champion player, but it seems Punjab were keen on Mayank Agarwal as captain ever since Rahul left the team,"

The source added. Mayank Agarwal and Rahul formed one of the best opening pairs in the IPL over a couple of years. KL Rahul will captain LSG this season.

Mayank Agarwal had captained the team last year when KL Rahul was injured. Mayank Agarwal aggregated 400-plus runs in the past two seasons. Mayank Agarwal had made his IPL debut in 2011 and has so far played 100 games. The 31-year-old has also played for 19 Tests and five ODIs for India. With a strong squad at their disposal, Punjab Kings aim to end their title drought in the IPL. Their only final appearance came way back in 2014. They finished sixth out of eight teams in the last three editions.

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