Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Monday announced that Mayank Agarwal will lead their team in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Mayank has been an integral part of PBKS since 2018. He was the squad’s vice-captain in the previous two IPL editions.

“I have been at Punjab Kings since 2018 and I take a lot of pride in representing this fantastic unit. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the team,” Agarwal said in a press release issued by the franchise.

“I take over this responsibility with utmost sincerity, but at the same time, I believe my job would be made easier with the talent we have at the Punjab Kings squad this season. We have some vastly experienced players in our ranks, along with many talented youngsters who are keen to grab the opportunity and run with it.”

“We have always taken to the field hoping to win the title and as a team, we will once again work towards this goal of lifting our maiden IPL trophy. I thank the team management for entrusting me with this new role of leading the side. I look forward to the new season and the new challenges it brings with it,” he added.

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Overall, in 11 seasons of playing in the IPL, Agarwal has scored 2131 runs at an average of 23.41 and strike rate of 135.47. Among these, he scored 424 runs (SR 156.45) and 441 runs (SR 140.44) in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

“Mayank has been an integral part of the side since 2018 and of the leadership group for the last two years,” PBKS head coach Anil Kumble said.

“The new squad we selected at the recently concluded auction has exciting young talent and outstanding experienced players. We want to create a strong foundation for the future with Mayank at the helm.

“He is hardworking, enthusiastic, a team player with all the attributes required of a leader. I look forward to working with him as captain and believe that he will lead this team to a successful campaign,” added Kumble.

In the recently-concluded mega auction, PBKS bought the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Kagiso Rabada and Liam Livingstone.

Punjab Kings squad for IPL 2022:

Mayank Agarwal (c), Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odean Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taide, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Benny Howell.

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