Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson: Punjab Kings have included three debutants in their IPL season opener against Rajasthan Royals.
During the fourth match of the ongoing 14th season of the Indian Premier League between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings in Mumbai, Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson has won the toss and chose to field.
“We are going to bowl first. We have challenges to face while picking the XI. But I am happy with the players we have. Very excited about the [captaincy] role,” Samson told Star Sports at the toss.
Samson, who is leading in the IPL for the first time, further mentioned that they’ve included Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman as their four overseas players. In addition to Morris and Rahman, Royals have also handed debuts to opening batsman Manan Vohra and pacer Chetan Sakariya.
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Punjab Kings captain Lokesh Rahul also wanted to bowl first highlighting the history of the Wankhede Stadium. Other than batsman Shahrukh Khan, Punjab have included a couple of overseas debutants in Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith.
Bought for a combined total of INR 22 crore in the auction earlier this year, both Richardson and Meredith are into their maiden IPL season after doing well for Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League respectively.
“We all know the history of Wankhede. Everyone wants to bowl first. But we would want to play good cricket. We can’t really pinpoint anything particular. It is about the batting group helping the bowling group and vice-versa. We were really happy with the auctions,” Rahul told Star Sports at the toss.