Although their top four batsmen were on fire in the last IPL, the Punjab’s rhythm department leaked into the dead and lacked firepower in the middle range with Glenn Maxwell not performing as expected.
The team entered the auction with the largest purse among eight teams – Rs 53.20 crore – and shelled out Rs 22 crore for Richardson and Meredith.
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“We got what we wanted. There will always be a few hiccups. We were looking for some real fast bowlers that we got. Riley and Jhye can clock up to 150 km / h, Jhye is also handy with the bat “said Menon PTI.
“In the middle order we wanted a versatile player, someone who can have close wins and someone who has been with us in the past, Moises Henriques is a perfect fit. (Dawid) Malan is the number one drummer. of T20 in the We’ve covered our bases, now it’s up to the players, ”added Menon.
The Kings also made a fierce offer for Chris Morris, who eventually went to the Rajasthan Royals for a record-breaking Rs 16.25 crore. They also lost Moeen Ali (Rs 7 crore to CSK) and Shakib Al Hasan (3.20 crore to KKR) in the bidding battle.
“We continued for Morris. Unlike a few other teams, we needed nine people (to complete a squad of 25). We couldn’t have stayed longer for one player. That’s the problem with small auctions. . ”
However, they were happy to get world number one drummer T20 Malan for his base price of Rs 1.5 crore. In total, they bought nine players, including Shahrukh Khan from Tamil Nadu and Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques, who is returning to Punjab.
“We have options in all departments. We were eager to get Moeen Ali. He was at the top of our list. Sure Shakib was there too but his availability could have been an issue.”
With just four foreign players allowed in the eleven, Punjab Kings will struggle to pick the squad with Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran also in the mix. Malan can be seen as a replacement for Gayle, who is expected to start from game one unlike last year.
“Everyone’s back for someone on the squad. It will be a tough call picking the overseas players,” said Menon.
Asked that we don’t have a lot of experience in the Indian off-spin and pacers department, he said: “The issue is not whether we have enough options in a department, it is. ‘it’s about who will be in the eleven players. ”
“You have two good leggies in M Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi. Fabian Allen is also there and Malan can play too.”
Asked about not going for Umesh Yadav who would have been a good replacement for Mohammad Shami, he added: “We would have liked to have him in the eleven but we didn’t know if he could be a regular part of it. we already have Arshdeep who did well and Darshan Nalkande who is also in good shape. ”