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Mayank Agarwal to lead Punjab Kings XI in IPL

India batter Mayank Agarwal is set to captain Punjab Kings in the upcoming Indian Premier League. Mayank, who is part of the Indian Test team, was one of the two players retained by Punjab Kings alongside young pacer Arshdeep Singh ahead of the mega auction earlier this month.

Punjab Kings XI, who went into the auction with the maximum purse, made good use of the money by getting the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada and buying back left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar and explosive Tamil Nadu batter Shahrukh Khan.

Shikhar Dhawan’s name as captain was also doing the rounds but the management was keen on Mayank Agarwal as the leader even before the auction.

“Shikhar is a welcome addition to the side and was always on the radar at the auction. He is a champion player but it seems Punjab Kings XI were keen on Mayank as captain ever since KL Rahul left the team,” the source added.

Mayank and KL Rahul formed one of the most prolific opening pairs in the IPL over the past couple of years. Rahul will lead Lucknow Super Giants this season.

Mayank Agarwal had captained the team briefly last year when Rahul was injured. Agarwal aggregated 400-plus runs in the past two seasons. He had made his IPL debut in 2011 and has so far played 100 games.

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