IPL 2024: Before the IPL 2024 auction, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) made a bold decision by releasing explosive batsman Shahrukh Khan from their squad. However, former cricketer Aakash Chopra has expressed his concerns about this move, suggesting that it may not bring any benefits to the Punjab Kings team.

Punjab Kings took the surprising step of releasing only five players ahead of the IPL 2024 season, and among them was Shahrukh Khan, a promising young Indian batsman known for his finishing skills.

IPL 2024: In the previous mega auction, Punjab Kings had invested a substantial Rs 9 crore in acquiring Shahrukh Khan, showing their confidence in his abilities. However, due to limited opportunities, Shahrukh Khan couldn’t showcase his full potential. Along with Shahrukh Khan, Punjab Kings decided to part ways with Sri Lankan batsmen Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mohit Rathi, Baltej Dhanda, and Raj Angad Bawa.

Aakash Chopra, a prominent cricket analyst, has questioned the wisdom behind releasing Shahrukh Khan. During a discussion on his YouTube channel, he stated, “Punjab Kings have released Shahrukh Khan, Raj Angad Bawa, Baltej Dhanda, Mohit Rathi, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa. I am wondering why you released Shahrukh Khan. First of all, you did not utilize Shahrukh Khan effectively. Whenever he was given a chance, he delivered impressive performances. Now, what options do you have for a lower-middle-order batsman in the upcoming auction? It’s unlikely that you will find a player of Shahrukh Khan’s caliber.”

IPL 2024: It’s worth noting that Aakash Chopra had previously predicted that Shahrukh Khan’s bidding price would soar to Rs 10 crore, making it challenging for Punjab Kings to secure his services once again.

Shahrukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan

The decision to release Shahrukh Khan has raised eyebrows and sparked discussions among cricket enthusiasts. Whether Punjab Kings will regret this move or find a suitable replacement in the upcoming auction remains to be seen.

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