IPL 2023: Punjab Kings (PBKS) are one of the few franchises who are yet to win the trophy since the inception of the Indian Premier League.
Earlier, they were referred to as Kings XI Punjab. However, they changed their name to Punjab Kings in 2021 for a change of fortunes.
Needless to say, that was not to be. The Mohali-based franchise made it to the finals of the competition in the IPL 2014 season. However, they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the final.
However, since then, they failed to qualify for the playoffs because of their near misses. Although they had quality and depth in their line-up, they failed to produce good end results in crucial games.
Talking about their approach in the IPL 2022 season, they entered the tournament as dark horses because of the intelligent signings that they made in the auction.
Despite having plenty of experienced and talented prospects in the squad, they still failed to make it to the playoffs under the leadership of Mayank Agarwal.
IPL 2023: Jonny Bairstow set to miss the upcoming edition of the IPL
As a result, Punjab Kings released Mayank Agarwal from their squad and decided not to retain him for the IPL 2023 season. Meanwhile, in what comes as a big blow to Punjab Kings, Jonny Bairstow is set to miss the 16th edition of the IPL.
Punjab Kings are uncertain about the availability of Jonny Bairstow for the upcoming season. As of now, they are waiting for medical clearance from England Cricket Board (ECB). Punjab Kings bought Bairstow at the 2022 mega auction for INR 6.75 crore.
Jonny Bairstow posted a video clip on social media wherein he can be seen running on the track. For the record, he sustained an injury while playing golf, last year.
He took to his Instagram handle and posted the video clip along with a brief caption. His video clip has gone viral on social media portals.
The caption of the post reads, “First session back on the track and it felt great!! The graft continues but this is a huge step forward!!! I cannot tell you how chuffed I am to be doing this”
Bairstow missed plenty of cricketing action including the T20 World Cup 2022. Besides that, he also missed tours to Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, and Bangladesh respectively.