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Will Punjab Kings Buy a New Captain in the Mega Auction for IPL 2025?

For the last 17 years, the Indian Summer has been exciting due to the exciting T20 excitement. Since the beginning of the Indian Premier League, T20 cricket has been hyped differently. The tournament is now in its 17th season. In the previous year’s auction, all teams put together their required squad. Among all the teams, what stood out to us was the captaincy dilemma of the Punjab Kings. After Dhawan was ruled out due to injury, Englishman Sam Curran took over the leadership of the team. But he is ready to return home for the T20 World Cup preparation. PBKS desperately needs a leader. This season there are more and more rumors about their lack of captaincy. In this article, we will discuss whether they should opt for a new skipper for the upcoming IPL season.

Captain’s dilemma and Dhawan’s injury setback:

Since the first season of the tournament, the Punjab Kings (formerly known as Kings XI Punjab) franchise has been struggling with its captaincy problem. Starting from Yuvraj Singh, Kumar Sangakkara, Ravichandran Aswin, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, they chose different captains at different times. But their headaches over this crucial issue continued to trouble them.

After Mayank Agarwal led the team in the 2021-22 season, Shikhar Dhawan took charge of the IPL 2022. After that, he leads the team in this tournament. But this tournament season he suffered a setback and was suddenly cut from the team. Shikhar Dhawan sustained a shoulder injury while playing against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9. It was originally thought he would only be out for a few days, but the recovery process has dragged on much longer. Despite initial estimates of a week to 10 days, Dhawan will now have to take a month-long break from cricket. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that he will be able to return in time for the final game.

Sam Curran took over in Dhawan’s absence:

Since the start of IPL 2024, the Punjab Kings have been shattered in their performance on the big stage. They lost some of their near-win games. In this situation, Shikhar Dhawan had to miss the game due to injury. Keeping this in mind, the Punjab Kings needed a captain. In Dhawan’s absence, Sam Curran was appointed captain. Many questions were raised, but Curran led the team and recorded some convincing victories.

The young England all-rounder was handed the captaincy in turmoil. The Punjab Kings put in shocking performances even before the halfway point of the tournament. They suffered several setbacks. After Curran took charge, they got hope. In the last match they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets. That was an incredible achievement.

But their captaincy dilemma remained. The T20 World Cup is just around the corner. Before that, all England players fly back to their country. The Punjab Kings still have one game left in this season. Shikhar Dhawan has no chance of coming back and Sam Curran will also not be available. This has become a major concern.

Should they opt for a new captain next season?

A mega auction will be held before the start of the IPL 2025. There will be many variables and many significant changes may occur. The Punjab Kings in particular have major concerns about their captaincy. This has become a headache since the tournament began. When restructuring, their first thought should be to restructure the captaincy.

Shikhar Dhawan is already 38 years old. Next year he will be 39 years old. Although age is not a factor, his injuries are a major problem that cannot be ignored. Even if he plays for the franchise, management could opt for a new captain. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jitesh Sharma is the vice-captain. He can be an option for the position.

A few years ago, another franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad, was struggling with the captaincy issue. In the IPL 2023 auction, they bought Pat Cummins and her performance can be witnessed with your own eyes. If the Punjab Kings want to turn their fortunes around, they need to pay more attention to the captaincy position. They have quality players and already match winners. With the lead, they will rock the tournament next season.

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