Jitesh Sharma new captain of Punjab Kings: Only three league matches are left in IPL 2024 and the journey of some clubs is over. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings, who are out of the playoff race, have a league match left against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 19. Before this match, everyone was wondering who would captain the team in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan and Sam Curran, but the answer has been found. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jitesh Sharma has been chosen as the captain of the Punjab team for the final league match. He will be the third player to lead PBKS this season.

There is an important reason for making Jitesh Sharma the captain. In fact, Shikhar Dhawan, who captained Punjab Kings in the initial matches of the season, got injured in the middle of the season and will not be able to play in the team’s last league match. At the same time, Sam Curran took over the captaincy in his absence, although he has already returned to England due to the T20 series against Pakistan starting from May 22. Jonny Bairstow has also gone with him.

For this reason, Punjab Kings have expressed confidence in Jitesh, who was seen representing the team in a photo with all the captains before the start of the season. However, it was initially believed that he was the vice-captain, but this was later denied by Punjab Kings.

Punjab Kings have only two foreign players available for the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Punjab Kings had eight foreign players in their lineup this season, but only Riley Rousseau and Nathan Ellis remain for the team’s last league match. Before Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone and Chris Woakes had all returned to England. At the same time, all-rounder Sikandar Raza left Punjab Kings in the middle of the T20 series against Bangladesh, while South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has returned due to injury. In such a situation, only two international players are left in the team.

It is worth noting that even in the current season, the performance of Punjab Kings has not been very good, the team is at ninth position with 10 points after winning 5 out of 13 matches. Punjab will hope to end their poor season with a win.