Punjab Kings will face Kolkata Knight Riders on April 1 in Mahali for IPL 2023 season first match. In recent development Punjab Kings start with new captain after top player injured. Punjab Kings on Monday announced that the uncapped Australian all-rounder Matthew Short would replace Jonny Bairstow.
The England wicket-keeper batter Jonny Bairstow is ruled out of Indian Premier League 2023 as he is yet to fully recover from an injury he sustained in September. This will be Short’s maiden IPL season. The opening batter was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the recent edition of the Big Bash League for scoring 458 runs and taking 11 wickets with his off-spin.
The Australian has been signed for his base price of INR 20 lakh. Fast bowler Sandeep Sharma will represent Rajasthan Royals this season after being signed as a replacement for Prasidh Krishna. Picked for his base price of INR 50 lakh, Sandeep is one of the most senior bowlers in the tournament with over 100 wickets and 10 seasons of experience under his belt.
For starters, they have a new captain in Shikhar Dhawan, who has replaced Mayank Agarwal. Dhawan was bought at the 2022 auction and was Kings’ top-scorer last season with 460 runs in 14 innings. Kings went into the 2023 auction with the second-largest purse of INR 32.2 crore and spent more than half of that on Sam Curran, making him the most expensive buy at an IPL auction.
They also acquired Sikandar Raza for INR 50 lakh as back-up for Liam Livingstone. Punjab’s backroom staff has also undergone a complete overhaul. They brought in Trevor Bayliss as head coach in place of Anil Kumble, reappointed Wasim Jaffer as batting coach, brought in Sunil Joshi as the spin-bowling coach, and Charl Langeveldt as bowling coach. Brad Haddin was named assistant coach.
IPL 2023 Punjab Kings: Full schedule
Match 1: April 1, Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Mohali, 3:30 PM IST
Match 2: April 5, Rajasthan Royal;s vs Punjab Kings, Guwahati, 7:30 PM IST
Match 3: April 9, Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 7:30 PM IST
Match 4: April 13, Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans, Mohali, 7:30 PM IST
Match 5: April 15, Lucknow Super Giants vs Punjab Kings, Lucknow, 7:30 PM IST
Match 6: April 20, Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mohali, 3:30 PM IST
Match 7: April 22, Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings, Mumbai, 7:30 PM IST
Match 8: April 28, Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants, Mohali, 7:30 PM IST
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Match 9: April 30, Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings, Chennai, 3:30 PM IST
Match 10: May 3, Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians, Mohali, 7:30 PM IST
Match 11: May 8 ,Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, Kolkata, 7:30 PM IST
Match 12: May 13, Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings, Delhi, 7:30 PM IST
Match 13: May 17, Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals, Dharamsala, 7:30 PM IST
Match 14: May 19, Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Dharamsala, 7:30 PM IST.