IPL 2021: 5 Best moments from Punjab Kings’ camp- The rebranded Punjab franchises now known as Punjab Kings were going through a not so great season in IPL 2021. The team had won just three games out of eight. Other than their captain KL Rahul’s form with the bat, there was hardly anything that was going in favour of PBKS. However, still, the team managed to pull off some moments of individual brilliance in IPL 2021. Harpreet Brar playing only his third season became an overnight sensation with three big wickets in one game while Deepak Hooda delivered one of the finest innings by PBKS batsman in IPL 2021.
In this article, we at Inside Sport will take you through the top five best moments for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021.
KL Rahul – Chris Gayle’s Partnership vs MI
In the tricky 132-chase, Punjab Kings were off to a good start with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal putting up a 50-run stand. After Agarwal departed off a Rahul Chahar delivery in the 8th over, Rahul and Gayle continued to anchor the innings. While Mumbai spinners with some good overs brought the team back to the game, Gayle and Rahul brought up a 50-run stand to take the game away from Mumbai. Gayle played a sensible innings of 43 runs in 35 balls while KL scored 52 balls 6o to help Punjab Kings cruise to a 9-wicket win over Mumbai Indians.
Deepak Hooda’s blistering knock (64 runs off 28 balls)
Punjab Kings batsman Deepak Hooda slammed the second-fastest fifty by an uncapped Indian in IPL. He completed his fifty off 20 deliveries. Deepak Hooda became the first uncapped players to smash a half-century in less than 23 balls twice in IPL history. Hooda went on to score 64 runs off 28 deliveries that featured four boundaries and 6 sixes. This innings by Hooda helped Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by four runs.
Fastest 50s by uncapped Indian players (IPL)
17 balls Ishan Kishan v KKR 2018
20 balls Deepak Hooda v RR 2021 *
22 balls Deepak Hooda v DD 2015
22 balls Krunal Pandya v DD 2016
Harpreet Brar’s magical spell vs RCB
It was Harpreet Brar’s third season in IPL. The left-arm spinner was yet to take his maiden IPL wicket and then something that not just he but his teammates could not believe happend. He took the big wickets of RCB’s Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB De Villiers at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad in a span of two overs. The 25-year-old began his wicket tally with the crucial wicket of well-settled Virat Kohli for 35 runs after which Glenn Maxwell departed for a first-ball duck. He later dismissed AB De Villiers for just 2 runs after a catch from Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul. The youngster gave away just 19 runs in his quota of 4 overs at an economy rate of 4.8. It is notable that Brar had also smashed quickfire 25 off just 17 balls with the help of a four and a couple of sixes to guide Punjab Kings to 179 in their allotted 20 overs. Harpreet Brar was roped in by Punjab Kings in 2019 for Rs 20 lakh. He is playing his third consecutive season for the same franchise.
Arshdeep Singh: The leader of the pack
The IPL 2021 was certainly a bowlers IPL as many cricketers like pacer Arshdeep Singh emerged as the new big thing in the season. Arshdeep with his accuracy and variation became the lead pacer of the Punjab Kings attack. In six games that he played, he grabbed seven wickets at a strike rate of 15.71 and an average of 21.42. His economy was just above 8 (8.18) which is impressive as he mostly bowls in death. The youngster played 8 games for the Punjab Kings in the 2020 season, scalping 9 wickets and will continue his form in IPL 2021.
Mayank Agarwal vs DC (99* runs 58 balls)
Last but not the least, Mayank Agarwal hit almost a century on his captaincy debut in IPL 2021. KL Rahul was out and Mayank was leading the PBKS. The batting order was not performing and they needed inspiration from their captain. Mayank played a sensible innings of 99 with the help of eight fours and four sixes. His strike rate was going to be crucial in this innings and he played with an impressive SR of 170.68. However, he could not get any support from the other end and PBKS could only manage to score 166 runs. Punjab lost the match but the innings was the perfect example of One Man Army.