Jonty Rhodes set to take on the dual role of batting and fielding coach for the Punjab Kings

As per the latest developments, Jonty Rhodes has taken up the additional responsibility of batting coach at Punjab Kings following the departure of Wasim Jaffer. Jonty has been serving the franchise as the fielding coach for the last few seasons. However, he’ll now work as the batting coach as well. It must be noted that Rhodes, one of the best fielders in cricket history, scored over 8000 international runs for South Africa.

Assistant coach of the franchise last season, Andy Flower has become the head coach of new franchise Lucknow Super Giants. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings were impressive at the auction table as they walked away with a formidable squad. Notably, they entered the event with the biggest purse amount of INR 72 crore, having retained only Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh.

In Shikhar Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada, PBKS bought two of the 10 marquee players. They tried retaining their core by reacquiring the services of Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, and Ishan Porel. The side looks balanced on paper and would like to lift the elusive title this time around. Meanwhile, the franchise is yet to finalize its captain and it looks like Shikhar Dhawan is the front-runner to get the role.