There were plenty of positives for Punjab Kings (PBKS) despite missing out on a playoff spot in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Here we take a look at five of them.
The Rise Of Prabhsimran Singh:
Prabhsimran Singh cemented his place in the team with his scintillating performances this season. The 22-year-old finished as the second-highest run-scorer for us in TATA IPL 2023, only behind captain Shikhar Dhawan. The swashbuckling batter amassed 358 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 150.42. He slammed one hundred and one fifty in the marquee T20 tournament. Having showcased his immense maturity this season, the future looks bright for our young Sher Prabhsimran.
At just 22, Prabh had a breakout season, scoring 358 runs at a strike rate of 150.42! 🔥— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) May 20, 2023
Glimpses of a bright future. 👏#JazbaHaiPunjabi #SaddaPunjab #PunjabKings #TATAIPL | @prabhsimran01 pic.twitter.com/Cqu0k2Jws9
Jitesh Sharma The Finisher:
Our wicketkeeper-batter, Jitesh Sharma, has further enhanced his reputation as our designated finisher. The hard-hitting batter played several eye-catching cameos for us to help us post competitive totals in nearly every match. The 29-year-old ended the season with 309 runs in 14 matches at an excellent strike rate of 156.06. Despite batting lower down the order, Jitesh has been consistent with his blistering knocks. Flaunting his power-hitting capabilities, the flamboyant batter smashed 22 fours and 21 sixes in TATA IPL 2023.
The Spin Department:
Our spin duo of Harpreet Brar and Rahul Chahar performed brilliantly in the ongoing season. The two talented spinners played a significant role for us in the middle overs. While Brar picked up nine wickets in 11 innings, Chahar was our most economical bowler and finished the season with eight wickets. Both of our spinners managed to fox the batters on numerous occasions. Our spin department looks promising heading into next season.
Liam Livingstone’s Form:
At the commencement of the TATA IPL 2023, our boys suffered a massive blow as Liam Livingstone missed a few games due to injury. However, the England all-rounder later joined our team after recovering. Livingstone was once again our game-changer this season. The 29-year-old scored 279 runs in nine matches at an average of 34.88 and a strike rate of 163.15. He played several impactful knocks, including his match-winning cameo against Chennai Super Kings at the iconic Chepauk Stadium.
Emergence of Atharva Taide:
Atharva Taide grabbed his opportunities with both hands after making his debut in the TATA IPL this season. Backed by the team management to bat in the top order, Taide accumulated 186 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 144.18. The 23-year-old southpaw also smashed brilliant fifties against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Delhi Capitals (DC). Having displayed his incredible potential, the youngster has shown that he is one to watch out for in the future.