The long-lasting Australian coach is aware of a factor or two about victory, having led England to the 2019 ODI World Cup and KKR to titles in 2012 and 2014.
The homeowners of Punjab Kings have signed him with the only real intention of lifting the elusive IPL trophy.
Inconsistency has badly affected Punjab through the years and Bayliss must discover a approach to optimize the performances of a staff that appears formidable on paper. Punjab completed sixth within the final 4 seasons and reached their solely remaining in 2014.
Punjab went into the 2023 mini-auction with the best purse and spent most of their cash on England all-rounder Sam Curran, making him the most costly purchase in IPL historical past for Rs 18.50 crore.
Different gamers they purchased had been Sikandar Raza (Rs 50 lakhs), Harpreet Bhatia (Rs 40 lakhs), Vidwath Kawerappa (Rs 20 lakhs), Mohit Rathi (Rs 20 lakhs) and Shivam Singh (Rs 20 lakhs).
Matthew Brief has been included within the squad rather than the injured Johnny Bairstow,
Regardless of Bairstow’s absence, Punjab’s batting unit has loads of firepower. The presence of Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Curran, Brief impressing within the newest Massive Bash version has made them a drive to be reckoned with.
Curran, a 2022 T20 World Cup participant, is predicted to play each sport and contribute in each the departments.
The core group is similar as final yr and this offers them the a lot wanted stability within the bowling division. Curran, Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh can function with each the brand new ball and the dying whereas Rahul Chahar and left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar are able to placing within the center overs.
The staff must finalize Dhawan’s opening accomplice in Bairstow’s absence. Sacked captain Mayank Agarwal had pushed Bairstow down the order final yr to maintain him on the prime.
Dhawan can have the choice of selecting between Brief, Prabhsimran Singh and Curren, who opened for the franchise in 2019.
Chahar is their frontline spinner and if he and Brar have a number of poor video games, Punjab won’t have a lot to select from.
Dhawan, who has been a constant performer for the staff final yr, has been entrusted with the duty of management. The southpaw will intention to revive his staff’s in addition to his personal fortunes.
A great IPL with the bat might pave the best way for a nationwide comeback as captain, though the 37-year-old finds himself on the mistaken facet of 30. Getting the BCCI contract on Sunday has additionally raised hopes in him.
Tamil Nadu batsman Shah Rukh Khan is but to show himself within the center order and can be keen to take action in his third season.
Liam Livingstone, who has not performed any aggressive cricket since December 1 as a result of a knee damage, can flip the sport round together with his large hitting. Punjab will hope that he has absolutely recovered from his damage. His spin, each leg-break and off-spin have proved helpful.
Sri Lankan Rajapaksa is one other who can take the sport away from the opposition and he confirmed glimpses of it final yr. He wish to construct on that efficiency.
Squad: Pinnacle Dhawan (c), Matthew Brief, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shah Rukh Khan, Sikandar Raza, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Tyde, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Baltej Singh, Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwat Kaverappa, Shivam Singh, Mohit Rathi.