KL Rahul, the ace Indian right-handed batsman is unlikely to represent the Punjab Kings in their bright red and pink jersey next season if reports by Cricbuzz are to be believed. Rahul is the current front runner for the orange cap with 626 runs from 13 games. But his future at this franchise is uncertain. Reports say that KL Rahul has already been approached by a few franchises in interest to sign him up for the upcoming season. Here is a look at the developments: –
KL Rahul Approached By New Franchises: –
With the mega auction coming in and 4 to 5 teams looking for a new captain. KL Rahul is going to be one of the most valued commodities at the IPL Mega Auction in 2022. But that case arises if Rahul is willing to terminate his further ties with the Punjab Kings, his current franchise. If reports by Cricbuzz and other Daily are to be believed then KL too is willing to leave. The possible franchises that will go for KL Rahul are a long list.
With the Punjab Kings having yet another failed season and failing to qualify even for the playoffs, this decision is almost certain. The Punjab Kings do have good players but they just aren’t able to get the job done. The last time Punjab Kings qualified for playoffs was in 2014 and since then it has been all downhill.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Will Sign KL Rahul: –
KL Rahul has previously shown his eagerness to return to the boys in red, the Royal Challengers Bangalore. KL Rahul has previously represented this team in 2016 and since then has played for the franchise from Punjab. Royal Challengers Bangalore have a void of captaincy which needs to be filled. If they let go of Devdutt Padikkal in the mega auction they will also have a vacancy at the top of the lineup. They can then retain Glenn Maxwell and go for KL Rahul. With strong characters like Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers in the team, you need someone who has a great rapport with these legends. KL Rahul exactly fits the bill.
KL Rahul Will Play for New Franchises: –
There is also a chance that KL Rahul will be signed by the new franchises since those franchises will be allowed to pick players of their choice at the very beginning. In that case, KL Rahul can have a fresh start and look to build his new, fresh-looking team.