The onset of 2024 brought with it a riveting start to both the Ranji Trophy season and India's much-anticipated tour of South Africa. Notably, several standout performances have illuminated the cricketing scene, showcasing the exceptional talent of various Punjab Kings players.
Prabhsimran Singh: 100 vs Karnataka
Prabhsimran Singh continued the outstanding form he has shown over the last few months in Punjab's match against Karnataka. Despite an early dismissal in the first innings, Prabh rallied admirably in the second innings, scoring a spectacular century off just 146 balls. Sadly for his side, his valiant effort wasn’t enough for Punjab as Karnataka emerged victorious.
Vidwath Kaverappa: 2/59 vs Punjab
While it was agony for one Sher, it was ecstasy for another. Kaverappa showcased his resilience in the Ranji Trophy encounter against Punjab. Despite going wicketless in the first innings, he bounced back impressively, snatching two crucial wickets in the second innings, including that of his Punjab Kings teammate, Prabhsimran Singh.
Tanay Thyagarajann: 5/43 and 3/27 vs Nagaland
One of the newest additions to our squad, Tanay Thyagarajann made a resounding impact in Hyderabad’s encounter against Nagaland. His phenomenal 5-wicket haul in the first innings was followed by 3 more crucial wickets in the second innings, and played a pivotal role in Hyderabad's victory.
Shashank Singh: 82 and 2/55 vs Assam
Shashank Singh continued to prove his mettle with another blockbuster performance in the against Assam. His aggressive yet calculated batting style helped him score 82 runs in just 107 balls. He also contributed with a notable spell of 2/55.
Rishi Dhawan: 3/20 vs Jammu and Kashmir
A familiar face in the Ranji Trophy circuit, Rishi Dhawan continued his impressive form by spearheading Himachal Pradesh's bowling attack against Jammu and Kashmir. His brilliant spell helped reduce J&K to a mere 100 runs, although the match ended in a draw due to weather interruptions.
Arshdeep Singh: 3/92 vs Karnataka
Arshdeep Singh carried his stellar form from the South Africa tour into the Ranji Trophy. He displayed commendable bowling skills against Karnataka, picking up 3 wickets despite their formidable score of 514 runs in the first innings.
Kagiso Rabada: 3/38 vs India
In the Test series against India, Rabada's bowling prowess stood out remarkably. Despite South Africa's defeat in the second Test, Rabada's contribution was pivotal, bagging 3 wickets in India's first innings and restricting their lead to a mere 98 runs.
In addition to the Ranji Trophy, we also had India’s tour of South Africa, where Kagiso Rabada was one of the stars with the ball.