After consistent performances since the inaugural edition of the IPL, India’s star opener Shikhar “Gabbar” Dhawan returned to his hometown to bolster the Delhi Capitals’ batting unit in 2019. After dominating the show with the bat, Dhawan has now moved to PBKS after being bought by the franchise for INR 8.25 Crore during the TATA IPL 2022 auction.
Dhawan, a consistent run-getter in the competition, is the second-highest run-getter in the history of the IPL with 5784 runs to his name with the help of 2 hundred and 44 half-centuries. With the wealth of experience under his belt and a large chunk of runs against his name, the swashbuckling left-hander will be crucial to PBKS’ fortunes.
A 22-year old opening batsman who hails from Pune, Ruturaj Gaikwad has been a consistent performer for his state team Maharashtra. He was the highest run-getter for Maharashtra in the league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018-19. At the IPL 2019 Player Auction, the Chennai Super Kings secured his services at his base price of INR 20 lacs.