RR vs PBKS: Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith make Punjab Kings debut, Mustafizur Rahman returns to IPL

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Australia gait duo Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith made their Indian Premier League debut for Punjab Kings on with Tamil Nadu prima Shahrukh Khan successful PBKS' opening crippled against Rajasthan Royals astatine Wankhede successful Mumbai connected Monday.

Punjab Kings had spent a full of Rs 22 crore to get the services of Australia pacers Jhye Richardson (14 crores) and Riley Meredith (8 crores). In Richardson and Riley Meredith, PBKS person 2 talented accelerated bowlers this play who volition beryllium looking to enactment frontline pacer Mohammed Shami successful the bowling unit.

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Richardson initiated a bidding warfare connected the auction array owing to his blistering show successful the BBL 2020-21. Australia pacer snapped 27 wickets astatine an system of 7.09 successful 14 BBL matches. Shahrukh has a onslaught complaint of 131.39 successful T20s and was seen playing a cardinal relation successful his authorities squad erstwhile they precocious won the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy. He was besides seen playing a pivotal relation successful finishing matches with the bat successful the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021.

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Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals handed debut caps to 4 players - Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Manan Vohra and Shivam Dube each playing their archetypal crippled for the franchise. Mustafiz returns to the IPL aft missing the past mates of seasons. He burst onto the country with title-winning performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad successful 2016. However, injuries and modifications successful his enactment saw his request drop; helium featured successful a azygous crippled successful 2017, and successful 7 matches successful 2018 for the Mumbai Indians.

However, plagued by wounded concerns, Mustafizur managed to play 1 lucifer for SRH successful IPL 2017.

Despite the setback, Mustafizur was bought by Mumbai Indians successful the IPL 2018 auction for Rs 2.2 crore. He played 7 matches but had to propulsion retired of the league midway owed to a hairline fracture connected his toe, which prompted the BCB to beryllium much cautious of his workload management. Having made himself disposable for the IPL 2021 auction, Mustafizur recovered a taker erstwhile Rajasthan Royals got him for Rs 1 crore -- his basal price.

Punjab Kings (Playing XI): KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Manan Vohra, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w/c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman