UPDATED: April 12, 2021 18:07 IST
RR VS PBKS IPL 2021-Punjab Kings’ new recruit Jhye Richardson is looking forward to the challenge of bowling in India as he gets ready for his maiden stint in IPL 2021. Richardson though will be under a bit of pressure as he tries to justify his Rs 14 crore price tag which PBKS at the mini-auction held in February.
In Richardson and Riley Meredith, PBKS have two talented fast bowlers this season who will be looking to support frontline pacer Mohammed Shami in the bowling unit.
PBKS have an exciting fast-bowling lineup this season with the likes of Shami, Richardson, Meredith, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel and Chris Jordan in their ranks. They are one of 3 teams that is yet to win the IPL title and will be desperate to change their fortunes this year.
Richardson is eagerly waiting to get the ball in his hands and do something special for the franchise in IPL 2021.
“Really, really excited. Obviously have plenty of time to think about it here in quarantine, here in Mumbai. Had a couple of chats with Anil Kumble our coach about what Punjab Kings have needed over the last couple of years and what they have looked for in Riley and myself, sort of a game plan leading into our first game.
“He said that we needed someone to assist Mohammed Shami up front with the new ball and the death overs as well. They mentioned that they have the highest economic rate in the death overs last year. So, Riley and I can bring experience in those particular areas for Punjab but certainly looking forward to the challenge.
“Have played in India a couple of times now and know what to expect here and ready to accept the challenge,” Richardson told India Today.
Punjab Kings will begin their IPL 2021 campaign against Rajasthan Royals at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 12.