IPL 2021: Punjab Kings haven't yet thought about opening role for Gayle or Malan, says skipper Mayank Agarwal
Gayle (13) and Malan (26) batted at number three and four respectively as Punjab lost the match by seven wickets after making 166 for six.
Unless they are able to show more consistency in their batting, Punjab Kings will have to get used to hanging around at or near the bottom of the standings.
Dhawan was ably supported by Prithvi Shaw (32 off 15) first up and then skipper Rishabh Pant (15) and Marcus Stoinis (27 not out) as DC chased down 196 in 18.2 overs.
IPL 2021: In battle of big-hitters, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings aim for winning start to campaign
The Royals could opt to open with the highly-rated Yashasvi Jaiswal and Buttler. While Samson, who would be itching to prove a point, and Stokes would then form strong middle-order.
A change of name is perhaps their last throw of dice, but KL Rahul’s men, hitherto known as Kings XI Punjab, will have to do a lot more than cosmetic corrections should they want their fortunes to change as the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) gets rolling on 9 April.
The 45-year-old Wright was also the head coach of the Bangladesh U-19 cricket team and will help support the Punjab Kings squad under the guidance of head coach and Director of Cricket Operations, Anil Kumble.
Led by KL Rahul, who was the leading run-scorer in the last edition, Punjab will open their campaign against Rajasthan Royals on 12th April.