IPL 2023: 5 Players PBKS might trade in trading window
Mayank Agarwal & Co. faltered at the crucial junctures of the competition and ended the 2022 season at the sixth position with seven wins in 14 games.
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Punjab Kings did a phenomenal job at the Mega Auction 2022 by building a power-packed side having a lot of match-winners in their ranks. PBKS were considered one of the favourites for a playoff berth but they failed to live up to the expectations. Mayank Agarwal & Co. faltered at the crucial junctures of the competition and ended their tourney at the sixth position with seven wins under their belt.
The Punjab franchise after a rather disappointing campaign have started to make their moves for the 2023 season. PBKS have appointed Trevor Bayliss as their new head coach and one can expect the think tank to make some changes to the squad as well. With the trading window for IPL 2023 expected to open in November or December, Punjab could trade certain players who are not in their scheme of things going forward.
Let us look at the players PBKS will trade in the trading window
5. Atharva Taide
Atharva Taide lit the 2021 season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will his sensational performances. He amassed 270 runs in seven matches for Vidarbha at a strike rate of 137.05 and also bagged five crucial wickets for his side.
The 22-year-old was roped in by Punjab Kings for the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. However, the batting all-rounder who had shown his mettle in the domestic circuit failed to break into the playing XI and had to warm the bench for the entire season.
Punjab had a jam-packed batting lineup with skipper Mayank Agarwal who is a designated opener needing to slot in the middle order. This meant that Atharva who himself bats at the top of the order was just a backup option. Therefore with a batting lineup oozing class, it is unlikely the Vidarbha player could find a place going forward and PBKS could release him in the trading window, and franchises needing a solid Indian batter could latch onto the opportunity.