Along with Team India’s ongoing series against England, fans are excited about the much-awaited auction for the upcoming 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is scheduled to take place on February 18 in Chennai. Ahead of the auction, the former India opener Gautam Gambhir revealed the name of the players the IPL franchise Punjab Kings (earlier known as Kings XI Punjab) should buy to strengthen their squad as well.
Apart from the Indian speedster Mohammed Shami, Punjab struggled in the death bowling in the last edition and Gambhir said that Punjab should bid for the Indian pace bowler Umesh Yadav, who has been released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of IPL 2021, as he hopes Yadav will compliment Shami well and the captain KL Rahul will have more options as well.
Gautam Gambhir further added that two fast bowling options could see an extra overseas player in the playing eleven to strengthen their squad too.
“They (Punjab Kings) might have to probably strengthen their Indian bowling because apart from Mohhamed Shami there is no one who could complement him,” Gautam Gambhir said as quoted by India Today.
“Probably Umesh Yadav will be a very good pick – Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav bowling with a new ball; so, they can actually rotate their fast bowlers. If you have got two Indian bowlers bowling with the new ball, it can actually open one gap for you from an overseas point of view.”
He also suggested that the franchise should go for players like Chris Morris and Kyle Jamieson as they can contribute with their all-round performance both with the bat and the ball. It is also noteworthy that, Punjab has the highest amount in purse among all the eight franchises; INR 53.4 crore and they can opt for up to 9 slots, which also included 5 overseas players as well.
“They can have someone like Chris Morris who can bowl well in the death as well, and at the same time Kyle Jamieson so they can pick both of them,” Gambhir concluded.
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