Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes Mayank Agarwal is the right choice to lead Punjab Kings in IPL 2022. Incidentally, Mayank and young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh were retained by the franchise ahead of the mega auction.
With KL Rahul not being a part of Punjab now, the franchise will have a new captain next season. They have picked a couple of candidates who can lead the side but Gavaskar has placed his bet on Mayank.
The Karnataka cricketer had led the side once in the absence of KL Rahul before it was postponed due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. Speaking to Sports Today, Sunil Gavaskar said:
“I will look at the future, and I look at Mayank Agarwal. Because I do believe that Mayank has got leadership qualities.”
The 72-year-old added:
“He speaks well, he is a hardworking individual. He wants to get better than yesterday. He is very very very enthusiastic. He is a real team man. We can see that when he is playing for India. He is always ready to hop on to the field, even when he isn’t in the XI. So every aspect I think, Mayank Agarwal is somebody Punjab Kings should look as captain. And who knows, he could be considered in the future for national captaincy if he is consistent with his performances.”
Punjab Kings are one of the few old franchises that are yet to win the competition along with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals.
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