Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja has raised questions about the selection of playing XI for Punjab Kings. He has expressed his surprise that the explosive young hitter Shahrukh Khan was not selected in this team. Jadeja has said that he did not expect Punjab coach Anil Kumble to keep Shah Rukh Khan on the bench.
Jadeja said: ‘I am one of those people who had high expectations from Punjab Kings this season. I thought this season would see the new Punjab team but I didn’t expect Anil Kumble to put Shahrukh Khan on the bench for Rishi Dhawan.
Shahrukh Khan was bought by Punjab Kings at IPL Mega Auction for Rs 9 crore. Punjab included Shahrukh in their team as a finisher. Although this player was able to score only 98 runs in the first seven games of this season with a stoppage rate of 100. After this, Punjab replaced Shahrukh with senior all-rounder Rishi Dhawan in the playing XI. Rishi has so far taken four wickets in four matches with an economy of 7.92.
Jadeja says: ‘It has become very difficult to assess this team. When we sit outside and are amazed at the constant changes happening on the team, imagine what the players must be feeling. We report that Punjab Kings have lost 6 of 11 games so far this season. This team will now have to win their remaining three games to make it to the playoffs. If Punjab lose even one match here, it will be difficult for them to contend for the playoffs, they will have to rely on the results of other matches.