Punjab Kings (PBKS) have retained just two players ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction and they are Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh. Mayank will be expected to captain the franchise in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Earlier, Lokesh Rahul decided not to be retained by the PBKS and he parted way with the franchise. Under his captaincy, the Punjab-based franchise finished sixth in the last two IPLseasons.
Although PBKS was seen playing a fearless brand of cricket in the latter stage of the IPL in the last couple of seasons, their inconsistency kept them out of the top 4. Thus, they failed to qualify for the playoffs. Mayank Agarwal will be looking forward to doing well for Punjab Kings as a captain and as a batsman.
In the last season, Mayank led the team in one game in KL Rahul’s absence. Despite the fact that PBKS lost the game under Mayank Agarwal, fans will remember that Mayank single-handedly took the batting attack to the cleaners. He scored a stroke-filled 106 against Rajasthan Royals which happens to be his best individual score in the IPL.
Mayank Agarwal played 100 games in the cash-rich IPL where he aggregated 2131 runs to his name. The aggressive cricketer slammed as many as 11 half-centuries while also maintaining a phenomenal strike rate of 135.47.
Not many are aware that Mayank Agarwal made his IPL debut while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2011 season. This was his home franchise where he played there for three seasons. Coincidentally, during a recent Q and A with Sportskeeda, when asked which IPL franchise he would like to represent part from PBKS, Mayank Agarwal picked RCB.
Later on, he represented Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals) from 2014 to 2016 and was traded to Rising Pune Supergiants ahead of the IPL 2017 season. However, he played only 3 matches. Mayank Agarwal plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket and that could possibly be the reason behind him picking RCB apart from PBKS.