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Ranji Trophy: Punjab Goodbye To Harbhajan & Yuvraj

Punjab remove Harbhajan & Yuvraj

Ranji season is here and all about to commence this Thursday. Mandeep Singh will lead the team as captain and the first match will be played against Andhra Pradesh at Vizag.

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In Ranji Trophy will see 37 teams participating with new teams including Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim and Uttarakhand. The tournament begins on November 1st and finishes on 2nd February.

The performance of the Punjab team was not so good in previous seasons and they were on the third position in group D. The team only won two matches on league stage, even they didn’t qualify for knock stage.

   The surprising news is that the several big names are missing as Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are not in list of the team.

Recently in an interview Yuvraj Singh said “ I don’t wanna play on the place of any youngster player he also stated that we also give chance to new players”, that is why he is not in the team. On the other hand Harbhajan Singh didn’t Play in Vijay Hajare Trophy that is why it is not so much surpring us. In the captaincy of Mandeep Singh, Punjab had a good performance in Vijay Hajare Trophy.

Adidas Libro Kashmir Willow batAlthough, there are few players of Punjab team those gonna play with India A team, and in any emergence Yuvraj may introduce in team as player.

    Gurkeerat Singh will play as vice-captain of the team. State cricket has named 16 players in the team those are respectively    “ Shubman Gill, Jiwanjot Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Sanvir Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Abhishek Gupta, Abhishek Sharma, Mayank Markande, Arpit Pannu, Vinay Choudhary, Siddharth Kaul, Shubek Gill, Baltej Singh, Barinder Sarn, Sharad Loomba.

   

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IPL 2019: RCB & Kings XI Punjab Player Swapping – Sportshopy

Mike Hesson

The Indian Premier League 2019 RCB( Royal Challengers Bangalore) have secured the service of Kings XI Punjab’s all rounder Marcus Stoinis for upcoming seasons of IPL. RCB has Marcus in return of Bangalore’s Mandeep singh to Kings XI Punjab.

Royal challengers Bangalore has bought Marcus Stoinis in last auction for a amount of ₹ 6.2 Crore, while in 2015 Kings XI Punjab had signed Stoinis INR. 5.5 million. Stoinis spent 3 seasons with 19 matches and scored 262 runs with picking up 13 wickets.

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On the other hand Mandeep Singh return to Kings XI Punjab after 3 seasons coping with RCB, In 2010, making his debut with KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders), Mandeep Singh scored 432 runs from 16 matches including 2 half centuries, He was also the winner of Rising Star Of the Tournament Award.

Meanwhile Mike Hesson replace Brad Hodge as the coach of Kings XI Punjab according to latest reports, in fact Kings XI Punjab Was also in talk with Shikhar Dhawan. Punjab was ready to increase Dhawan’s price by INR. 1 Crore and was looking to trade him in place of karun Nair. Mumbai Mirror also claims that Mike Hesson has replaced Brad Hodge as Kings XI Punjab’s coach. He has previously served as the head coach of the New Zealand national team.

Earlier, in the trade window, Mumbai Indians released Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman and Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya.However, it will be interesting to see how KXIP will slot Mandeep in the playing XI with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair in their ranks. IPL is most likely begin in March next year, and the ICC World Cup ,which begins at the end of May.