Punjab Kings, as usual, have had a lot of chopping and swapping ahead of the IPL 2023 season. They released nine players in total, including their former captain, Mayank Agarwal ahead of the auction, three of which are reserved for foreign players.
This year, 991 players have signed up for the IPL auction, and Punjab Kings would be looking forward to the top nine of them making the long list. They will go in IPL 2023 auction with INR 32.20 crores in their wallets.
So let’s take a look at the top three players Punjab Kings could target in the mini-auctions ahead of the IPL 2023 season:
1. Ben Stokes
Punjab Kings signed West Indian all-rounder Odean Smith last season. However, he fell short of expectations, both with the bat and the ball. They released Odean Smith ahead of the auction and adding Strokes to the lineup will solve their team balance issues.
Ben Stokes T20 Career Statistics – Batting
Ben Stokes T20 Career Statistics – Bowling
Ben Stokes IPL Career Statistics – Hitter
Ben Stokes IPL Career Statistics – Bowling
2. Sam Curran
The Mohali-based franchise appears to be in the strongest position to capture Sam Curran, who is expected to be among the most expensive players in the auction. He has a lot of IPL experience and has single-handedly won many matches with his batting and bowling. He is probably the most popular property in the 2023 auction.
Sam Curran T20 Career Statistics – Hitter
Sam Curran T20 Career Statistics – Bowling
Sam Curran IPL Career Statistics – Hitter
Sam Curran IPL Career Statistics – Bowling
3. Cameron Green
Another hottest property from the upcoming IPL 2023 auction. Yes, given the hype around the young Australian jack-of-all-trades, Green is likely to spark a bidding war in the auction on December 23. He has set the international arena on fire with his all-round performances. In addition, he is a weapons fielder on the frontier.
Cameron Green T20 Career Statistics – Hitter
Cameron Green T20 Career Statistics – Bowling
T20 stats through November 18, 2022
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