A few days ago, Punjab Kings confirmed that Shikhar Dhawan will replace Mayank Agarwal as the skipper of the franchise. Now, reportedly, PBKS will also release Mayank to the auctions. The opening batter will be targeted by a lot of teams. On that note, here, we take a look at how Twitter reacted to reports that Punjab Kings might release Mayank Agarwal before IPL 2023 Auctions.
Punjab Kings might release Mayank Agarwal before IPL 2023 Auctions
Punjab Kings retained Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh before IPL 2022. Mayank was named as the skipper, too. However, the player did not deliver with the bat last season. Moreover, with Jonny Bairstow doing well as the opener, Mayank had to play in the middle order. This role was not suitable for him and would anyways not be viable in the long run. Mayank’s price tag was also high considering his current form. Therefore, Punjab has decided to release him to the auction pool.
With lesser pressure, Mayank can strive to return to form. There would be a number of franchises willing to install him at the top of the order. Therefore, it would not be a surprise if he goes for a big sum at the IPL 2023 Auctions. Apart from Mayank, PBKS is also set to release Odean Smith and Shahrukh Khan. The franchise has set eyes on the likes of Ben Stokes and hence, they want to free up funds.
Twitter reacts to the reports
Most teams have good openers but looking at the long-term, a few franchises might target a player like Mayank for IPL 2023. Kolkata Knight Riders desperately need an opener with intent while Gujarat Titans would want to ponder about Wriddhiman Saha’s replacement. On the other hand, Punjab Kings might have taken a bold decision but they might also target to buy back Mayank at a lower price.
— VISHAL (@V1SH4L) November 4, 2022
Great decision https://t.co/oezlw0qjJb
— pant 😎 (@pant27161489) November 5, 2022
1 – Punjab kings want to open with Bairstow and releasing their ex skipper and opener ( should release other one) for that.
2- and then Punjab kings looking to buy two all-rounders who are useful when they open the batting.
3- it's typical Punjab , nothing surprising. https://t.co/susk6yduCm
— ∆nkit🏏 (@CaughtAtGully) November 4, 2022
— Kirket Ekspert 🏳️🌈🦁 (@who__saurabh) November 4, 2022
Perfect choice for RCB https://t.co/Pya0A7CBh6
— Karthi (@usernametherila) November 4, 2022
Nahh bro this isn't happening sadly….
If Jonny tells PBKS that he won't be coming to IPL 2023 then they won't release Mayank and if Jonny decides to come they will release Mayank…. but Jonny won't be released
— Devashish Sharma (@Knight_Deva_28) November 4, 2022
With this PBKS Already have 37 crores in their purse
— Sukham Garg (@SukhamGarg19) November 4, 2022
Punjab kings won't develop and improve nor help their players
All can't be like CSK and MI that's why they were Champion Sides
— Priya Virat💃 (@PriyaViratFan) November 4, 2022