IPL 2023: Shikhar Dhawan named as the new captain of Punjab Kings

This decision was taken in the meeting of the franchise board on Wednesday.
IPL 2023: Shikhar Dhawan named as the new captain of Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings has made a big change before IPL 2023. Shikhar Dhawan has been made the captain of the team in place of Mayank Agarwal. Dhawan will lead the team in IPL 2023.

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The performance of the Punjab team in IPL 2022 was very disappointing. On several occasions, the team had lost by close margins and captain Mayank could not do much with the bat as well. The board since removed him from the captaincy.

However, the franchise board made the decision in a meeting on Wednesday. Under the captaincy of 31-year-old Mayank, Punjab could not even reach the playoffs. After this, there were speculations about Mayank's removal from the captaincy. Now, these have been officially approved.

Before the mega auction in IPL 2022, Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul had decided to join the team of Lucknow Super Giants. After this, Mayank got the responsibility to lead the team. However, he failed as a captain. He did not leave a mark as captain and scored 196 runs at an average of 16.33. Despite the removal of Mayank Agarwal from the captaincy, whether the franchise wants to keep him as a batsman or not will be decided soon. All the franchises have time till November 15 to retain the players.

Meanwhile, Punjab had bought Dhawan for Rs 8.25 crore in a mega auction earlier this year. The 36-year-old had scored 460 runs in 14 matches at an average of 38.33 and a strike rate of 122.66. Dhawan has been doing consistently well in the IPL, but he is playing only in the ODI format for India. Recently, Dhawan got the captaincy of India's B team in ODIs. He will lead the team in New Zealand later this month. Dhawan has also captained the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the IPL.

Before IPL 2023, Punjab Kings has also changed its head coach. Trevor Bayliss will be the coach of the team in place of Anil Kumble. Under his coach, the England team won the 2019 ODI World Cup. Trevor Bayliss has also contributed in making Kolkata Knight Riders IPL champions in 2012 and 2014. Along with Bayliss, Australia's Brad Haddin will also be part of Punjab's coaching staff.

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