IPL 2021: 3 Punjab Kings (PBKS) players who might be benched for most of the season

IPL 2021: 3 Punjab Kings (PBKS) players who might be benched for most of the season

The Punjab-based team is yet to win the IPL trophy.

Sarfaraz Khan
Kings XI Punjab’s Sarfaraz Khan (Photo Source: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Punjab Kings (PBKS) have tried to attain a new avatar by renaming themselves from their previous name Kings XI Punjab. Well, they are another team that has failed to perform as per its caliber. This franchise from Punjab has tried almost every trick in the book to win the trophy. But, luck has not favored them.

Sometimes, their star players are out of form and sometimes they are unable to qualify due to umpiring errors. Last year, they failed to qualify because of an error from the square-leg umpire. However, it is time to move on from a relatively better campaign last year. This year, they are one of the strongest teams on paper. 

With some big names in their squad, it is almost certain that if they find the right combination, they can lift the trophy. Also with players like Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan, and Nicholas Pooran filling up the overseas slots, they should make it to the playoffs. Overall, it depends on the management how they function in this season. But, some players might be unable to get a chance this season.

Here are 3 PBKS players who might be benched for most of the IPL season:

1. Darshan Nalkande

Darshan Nalkande
Darshan Nalkande. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Darshan Nalkande is one of the unknown faces in the squad. He is a skiddy young fast bowler from Vidarbha. With minimal experience, he has managed to get the attention of the selectors. During his U19 days, he evolved as a fine all-rounder. Later on, he was picked in the U19 team for the youth Asia cup.

However, he was unable to make it to the U19 squad. But that did not stop him. Darshan showed his abilities to the world with both bat and ball during the U23 CK Nayudu Trophy. He then grabbed the attention of the selectors. Because of his performances, he was picked for the Vijay Hazare squad. 

There too, he had a good debut as he picked 2/26 and scored a fine unbeaten 53 while chasing. But, this year, it is quite difficult for Darshan to make it to the playing eleven of the squad. He might get a chance if Punjab makes it to the playoffs early on. Another case arises if KL Rahul decides to sharpen the medium-pace bowling department. But surely, Darshan is the future for Punjab.