Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia feels that his IPL franchise had the most successful and toughest auction earlier this month in Bengaluru. Wadia said Punjab have assembled a good squad capable of winning the IPL trophy for the first time.
Punjab Kings have underperformed since the first season in 2008, reaching the finale once in 14 seasons. They have finished sixth in the last three seasons.
PBKS retained Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh for IPL 2022 and entered the auction with a purse of Rs 72 crore, the highest among the 10 teams. Punjab Kings had Rs 3.5 crore left in their purse, but they managed to complete their squad of 25 players.
PBKS got the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Shahrukh Khan, Liam Livingstone and Odean Smith and others at the IPL 2022 mega auction.
“We have got the right team, and now it is upto the players, coaches Anil (Kumble), Jonty (Rhodes) and Damien (Wright).
“At least a place in the play-offs would be good as we have had a bad run in the last few seasons,” Wadia told the Press Trust India.
“I would say that this was the toughest and most successful auction for us since the first edition,” said Wadid comparing the current squad to the 2008 team, which had the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Brett Lee and Irfan Pathan.
Wadia is happy that IPL is back in India and hopes the matches are played outside of Maharashtra if it is safe enough to do it.