KL Rahul wanted to go back to auction said Punjab Kings Head coach Anil Kumble.
The retention list of the franchise is out. Mohali-based franchise Punjab Kings made some big surprising choices in retaining players. Punjab Kings is the only team that has retained only two players which is the least among all the 8 existing teams.
Mayank Agrawal is the 1st retention for an amount of 14 crores whereas uncapped left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh is the 2nd retention for an amount of 4 crores. Kl Rahul who was purchased in the 2018 auction and has made captain in 2020 has decided to go back to the auction.
Head coach Anil Kumble about KL Rahul
“KL has been the fulcrum for us in the last four years, and the last two years in the time that I have been with Punjab, he has been the captain. Obviously, we wanted to retain him and continue with him to be the focus for Punjab. But he decided that he wanted to go back to auction,” said Kumble in a video posted on iplt20.com.
Anil Kumble says Mayank Agrawal is a potential leader.
In the absence of KL Rahul in one game of IPL 2021 against Delhi Capitals, Mayank Agarwal was seen leading the PBKS side. Mayank has been an integral part of PBKS over the last couple of years. His contribution with the bat at the top with Rahul was one of the positive points of the franchise. The franchise could look at him as a leader going forward.
“I think when it comes to Mayank, the last 3 to 4 years, he has been with us, he has done exceptionally well for us. In the two years, I have been involved with the franchise, he has been very, very successful. He is again a potential leader. He has been around the IPL and international cricket for a long time,” he stated.
Arshdeep Singh has impressed anyone with his skillset and the temperament which he has shown. He is a left-arm pacer and very young which makes him different from others.
“Regarding Arshdeep Singh, he has someone who has come up in the last two years I have been involved in Punjab. He is only 21, to show that kind of maturity and temperament, we wanted to ensure he stayed with the franchise,” Kumble added.