Why Is Shikhar Dhawan Not Leading Punjab Kings Against Rajasthan Royals In IPL 2024 Game? Sam Curran Reveals

Apr13,2024



It was a surprise as Punjab Kings regular captain Shikhar Dhawan did not turn up for the toss in the match against Rajasthan Royals in Mullanpur, Chandigarh on Saturday. The star was PBKS all-rounder Sam Curran, who came out for the toss along with RR's Sanju Samson in Dhawan's absence. The toss went in favor of RR and the team decided to bowl first. And after this Curran revealed the reason for Dhawan's absence.

Speaking after the toss, Curran revealed that Dhawan missed out due to a minor injury.

“Shikhar (Dhawan) swallowed it, that's why I am here,” Curran said.

“We would have also bowled first, but now we have to put runs on the board. The balance has been good, we would have liked to win a few more matches, but the middle-order is looking good, especially Shashank (Singh) and Ashutosh (Sharma). We have exciting Players and a lot of quality players. Atharva Taide is coming in for Shikhar tonight, (Liam) Livingstone is also back.”

For Rajasthan Royals, Jos Buttler and Ravichandran Ashwin missed out, captain Sanju Samson informed at the time of the toss.

After winning the toss, Samson said, “We will bowl first, it looks like a good wicket to bowl first. We have aimed to not think about the target, focus on the process, work on team building and We are doing well. There are a lot of challenges outside, we are missing 90% of the game – Jos (Buttler) is not 100%, Ash (R Ashwin) bhai is performing well. Swallow, so Rovman (Powell) and (Tanush) Kotian come into the XI.”

Here are the playing elevens of both the teams –

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Sanju Samson (WK/C), Ryan Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Tanush Kotian, Keshav Maharaj, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Sen, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Punjab Kings (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow, Atharva Taide, Prabhasimran Singh, Sam Curran (C), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (W), Shashank Singh, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada.

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