Shikhar Dhawan in rehab, full faith in Sam Curran as PBKS skipper: Sunil Joshi

PBKS spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi has said that Shikhar Dhawan has started his rehab process for the injury he is currently carrying and the team has full faith in Sam Curran being the captain of the side during the opener’s absence. Dhawan didn’t play Punjab’s match against RR and is expected to miss the next few matches due to injury.

PBKS coach Sanjay Bangar had indicated that Dhawan would be out for atleast 7-10 days after loss to RR and said Curran would take over the captaincy duties for now. Speaking to the reporters ahead of the clash with MI, Joshi said that the medical team needs to assess the situation of Dhawan at the moment and respond to the team management. The PBKS coach said that Curran had done well last season in Dhawan’s absence and the team expects him to do well once again.

“As far as an update on Shikhar Dhawan is concerned, the medical team will assess the situation and inform us. Now, he is in rehab. Sam Curran has been donning the Captain’s hat for us in his absence. He was also the stand-in captain last year when Dhawan was injured, and he led the side well. So, we trust him completely,” said Joshi.

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Why PBKS have an advantage in Mullanpur?

Joshi also feels that the nature of the bounce in Mullanpur is completely different from the other tracks and it would give them an advantage over others.

“Bowlers win tournaments, batters win matches. Our bowling unit is doing consistently well in all areas. We have addressed that our top-order needs to bat well in the powerplay overs. But this is a challenging wicket for all batters, especially for the visitors, because the nature of bounce is completely different from all other surfaces. It gives us an advantage on this surface,” Joshi said.

PBKS are currently 8th in the points table with 4 points to their name from 6 matches.

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Apr 18, 2024

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