Breaming with firepower, talent and youngsters – in pen and paper (mind you), Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to prove their worth in the field. There have always been brave players in both these teams, but never enough fortune. Can these two teams, change their fortunes? Let’s take a look!
Two times runner-up RCB and one time runner-up Punjab have never been consistent. Rather, there have been a lack of consistent match-winners, always. There are rare occasions when these two teams have batted and bowled well in the same match.
With headline makers like Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and AB de Villers, RCB and Punjab have unsurprisingly found themselves on the losing end. With some interesting buys and changes in the IPL 2021 Auction, lets take a look at both the teams.
IPL 2021 The teams
Punjab Kings for IPL 2021: KL Rahul (c/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.
Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2021: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Finn Allen, Shahbaz Ahamad, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Daniel Christian, KS Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel.
Can the chokers turnaround things in IPL 2021?
For Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, their strengths always lied in their batting. With explosive batting units on both sides, they are surely going to give the opponents a run for their money.
The weaknesses lie in their bowling unit. Lack of specialised bowlers, good pacers and inexperienced new comers, bowling can derail them like all other seasons.