India’s Test opener Mayank Agarwal is named as the captain of Punjab Kings for the upcoming Indian Premier League.
Agarwal, the 31-year-old from Bengaluru was one of the three players retained by Punjab Kings alongside young pacer Arshdeep Singh and left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar.
“I have been at Punjab Kings since 2018 and I take a lot of pride in representing this fantastic unit. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the team,” Agarwal said in a press release issued by the franchise.
“I take over this responsibility with utmost sincerity, but at the same time, I believe my job would be made easier with the talent we have at the Punjab Kings squad this season.”
Agarwal has been an integral part of Punjab Kings since 2018, has served as the squad’s vice-captain and has also briefly led the team last season.
“We have some vastly experienced players in our ranks, along with many talented youngsters who are keen to grab the opportunity and run with it.
“We have always taken to the field hoping to win the title and as a team we will once again work towards this goal of lifting our maiden IPL trophy. I thank the team management for entrusting me with this new role of leading the side.
“I look forward to the new season and the new challenges it brings with it.” Agarwal, who made his IPL debut in 2011, aggregated more than 400 runs in the last two seasons. He has also played 19 Tests scoring 1429 runs, including four hundreds, and five ODIs for India.
Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble, “Mayank has been an integral part of the side since 2018 and of the leadership group for the last two years. The new squad we selected at the recently concluded auction has exciting young talent and outstanding experienced players.
“We want to create a strong foundation for the future with Mayank at the helm. He is hardworking, enthusiastic, a team player with all the attributes required of a leader.
“I look forward to working with him as captain and believe that he will lead this team to a successful campaign.” Punjab Kings have been perennial underachievers in the league, reaching the IPL finals only once in 2014. They finished sixth out of eight teams in last three editions.
The franchise went into the recent IPL mega auction with the maximum purse and picked up some quality players and are hoping to claim their maiden title in the cash-rich tournament this time.