IPL Auction Live: Mayank Agarwal New IPL Team Fixed? Irfan Pathan Has His Say. Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan believes that Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will go all out to get former Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain Mayank Agarwal in the IPL 2023 auction.
Following Agarwal’s lackluster IPL 2022 season, in which he scored just 196 runs in 13 games, the PBKS management sacked him. To create a way for other top-order batters, the opener frequently moved down in the lineup during his one season as captain, Pathan said, underscoring how selfless the player was.
On the Star Sports program “Game Plan,” Irfan Pathan discussed how Sunrisers Hyderabad will prosper from the signing of Mayank Agarwal. He declared:
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“Since they also require a kind of aggressive opener, SRH will target Mayank Agarwal. They are currently without Kane Williamson, who served as their seasoned captain for many years and used to start the innings,” Irfan Pathan said.
“Mayank Agarwal is the type of person who has led a team and plays pretty freely. He is also quite fearless and selfless. They may also be considering him as a future leader,” Irfan Pathan added.
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Irfan Pathan thinks that PBKS and SRH would go all out for Adam Zampa:
The Sunrisers (INR 42.25 crore) and the Kings (INR 32.20 crore) are the two teams with the highest budgets entering the IPL 2023 auction, and Pathan believes they would frighten other teams during bidding wars for star players. One such player, according to the former all-rounder, is Australian leg-back Adam Zampa.
“When you don’t have a proper playing eleven, which Punjab and SRH don’t have, that means they have a large bank balance, which means they need to be very smart, they need to be aggressive in these auctions because they have the muscle power, and I think Adam Zampa, they will go after him from the start.”
It will be interesting to see whether Punjab and Hyderabad can scuttle the IPL 2023 auctions of other clubs.