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IPL Retention: Kumble hints at replacement for Rahul

Chandigarh, First Published Dec 1, 2021, 6:13 PM IST

Chandigarh: Coach Anil Kumble has hinted that opener Mayank Agarwal will captain the Punjab Kings next IPL season. KL Rajul, who has captained the team for the past two seasons, has intensified his talks with the Lucknow team, prompting the Punjab camp to decide whether to drop Mayank Agarwal.

Agarwal is likely to be the captain as Punjab’s face shines through a major overhaul. Agarwal has scored 2131 runs in 100 matches in the IPL at a strike rate of 135.47. Mayank scored 420 runs in 2020 and 441 runs last season for Punjab.

IPL Retention : Mayank Agarwal may lead Punjab Kings next season hints Coach Anil Kumble

Kumble said Punjab was keen to retain Rahul. Of course we wanted to keep Rahul. That’s why he was selected as captain two years ago. But he wanted to go to auction. We acknowledge and respect his decision. Kumble said the decision of the player is final.

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Rahul has been Punjab’s top scorer for the last four seasons. In the last four seasons, Rahul’s scores have been 659, 593, 670 and 626. Rahul also won the Orange Cap for 2020 run chaser. But as captain, Rahul failed to take Punjab to the play-offs in both the seasons. Punjab last played in the play-offs in 2014.

Last Updated Dec 1, 2021, 6:13 PM IST

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