Captain Lokesh Rahul was released by Punjab Kings, the words of rift proved to be true

In the final match of Punjab Kings in IPL 2021, owner Preity Zinta may have clapped on KL Rahul’s winning shot, but according to media reports, it was reported that KL Rahul will not be with Punjab Kings. According to sources, there was some rift between Preeti and Rahul.

This proved to be true with the announcement of the retention players yesterday. Punjab Kings released their last year’s captain Lokesh Rahul. At the same time, only two players were kept with him, opener Mayank Agarwal and left-arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh. However, KL Rahul thanked Punjab Kings on the social media platform Ku.

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This journey was very beautiful, thank you for all your love, see you again #PunjabKingIPL

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— KL Rahul (@rahulkl) 1 Dec 2021

Mayank Agarwal scored 441 runs in 12 matches at an average of 42 in IPL 2021. It also included 4 half-centuries. He was ranked ninth in the list of highest run scorers. Punjab Kings retained him for 12 crores though 14 crores will be deducted from his purse.

On the other hand, when it comes to bowler Arshdeep Singh, he also took 18 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 19. He is also at the ninth position in the list of highest wicket-takers. Punjab Kings retained Arshdeep by paying 4 crores.

KL Rahul can become Goenka’s captain

Just as the news of rift with Punjab Kings proved to be true, similarly this news can also prove to be true that KL Rahul should become the captain of Goenka’s team. Some franchises have approached those who have shown interest in adding them.

Rahul’s strike rate in doubt

Rahul was among the top three scorers in the tournament for the fourth year in a row, scoring 626 runs in 13 matches, but his strike rate was again a hot topic of discussion. He started the 2021 season with a 50-ball 91, but left two innings of 91 not out off 57 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore and 98 not out off 42 balls against Chennai Super Kings, leaving him to score slowly. The strike rate went down. In the remaining ten matches, his strike rate was only close to 114. His conservative approach did not always have the desired effect on the team, which he admitted.

Veteran Punjab Kings batsman Chris Gayle left the team in UAE, citing bio-bubble fatigue. After coming out of the CPL bio-bubble, Gayle said that he wants to refresh himself mentally before the T20 World Cup.

Even the new name could not change the fate of Punjab

Kings XI Punjab changed their name to Punjab Kings but this new name also did not change the fortunes of Punjab and Punjab team finished sixth in the table with 12 points for the second consecutive year.

Starting the season with a new name, Punjab Kings started their campaign with a win but lost five of their next seven matches. In the UAE, their struggle to secure a win continued and they were caught in a complicated situation in the middle of the points table. They won their last three matches but were knocked out of the playoff race due to poor net run rate.

Problems persisted with his batting, which seemed to be failing after the dismissal of the opening pair of Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. But on the positive side, their uncapped Indian bowlers Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi and Harpreet Brar stood up to every occasion.

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