The popularity of Indian cricket has grown so much that sometimes even a rumor started by a fan or group of fans it turns into a full-blown news. Recently, one such incident was that of Mayank Agarwal being sacked as the captain of Punjab Kings after a failed 2022. Such was the intensity of the hearsay that the franchise had to issue an official statement about the same, advising otherwise.
The franchise replied to rumors of Mayank Agarwal getting axed as the captain for a reticent showdown in IPL 2022, where the PBKS ended the league stage at 6th place.
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Crashing all the rumors, Punjab Kings took to Twitter, and wrote: “News reports published by a certain sports News website pertaining to the captaincy of the Punjab Kings franchise has been making the rounds in the last few days. We would like to state that no official of the team has issued any statement on the same.”
News reports published by a certain sports News website pertaining to captaincy of the Punjab Kings franchise has been making the rounds in the last few days. We would like to state that no official of the team has issued any statement on the same.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) August 24, 2022
The preceding edition of the tournament witnessed PBKS gathering a formidable line-up but failed to hit the stride after their all-out approach hit a snag with calculated stances from their counterparts. A huge problem of their approach was that they lacked sting in bowling. Much to everyone’s surprise PBKS often had bad starts with the middle-order or the lower middle-order coming to the team’s rescue on most occasions.
Mayank’s overall haul from the tournament was 196 runs that saw him often getting out while trying to take on the bowlers. Going by the rudimentary of power-hitting, it is predicated on the basic fact that you live by the sword, you die by it.
Mayank Agarwal was handed over the captaincy after KL Rahul left for Lucknow Super Giants. The reports that claimed that the franchise was contemplating the sacking of their captain was also in talks with Trevor Bayliss and Eoin Morgan to join them in coaching capacity.