Punjab Kings, runners-up in the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL), dispelled rumours of a potential captaincy change for the team ahead of the league’s next season on Thursday. Media rumours that Mayank Agarwal, the team’s captain for the IPL 2022 season, might be replaced by England wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow were rampant earlier this week.
“In the previous few days, news articles about the Punjab Kings franchise’s captain have been circulated by a certain sports news website. We would like to note that no team member has made a statement regarding this “According to the franchise’s statement.
Agarwal was named the captain of Punjab Kings prior to the start of the IPL 2022 season, while KL Rahul assumed the position with the league’s newcomers, Lucknow Super Giants.
With the bat, Agarwal had a forgettable IPL 2022 season, amassing just 196 runs in 12 innings at an average of 16.33 and a strike rate of 122.5, not ranking among the team’s top five run scorers.
Despite having an aggressive batting lineup, Punjab under his leadership missed the playoffs and placed sixth in the points standings.
Agarwal has scored 480 runs in 11 innings while playing for the Bengaluru Blasters in the Maharaja KSCA T20 League, with an average of 53.33 and a strike rate of 167.24, including two centuries.