Punjab Kings once again missed out on winning the IPL title. In IPL 2023, the team won 6 out of 14 matches and finished at 8th position. Whereas for this season, the team had added the most expensive player in IPL history. This player was Sam Karen. This England all-rounder was bought by Punjab in the IPL 2023 mini auction for Rs 18.50 crore. But, this proved to be a costly deal for Punjab. Because Sam Karen could not do justice to his price tag. However, after returning home, Sam captained Surrey to victory.
The performance of Punjab Kings in IPL 2023 was disappointing. The team once again failed to reach the playoffs. In this season, the team won only 6 out of 14 matches and finished 8th in the points table. While the mini auction of IPL 2023 had added the costliest player in IPL history. This player was Sam Karen. Sam was bought by Punjab Kings for 18.5 crores. But the hefty price he got, he could not perform accordingly. (Punjab Kings Instagram)
Sam Karen gave runs in 14 matches in IPL 2023 at an economy rate of more than 10 and took 10 wickets. Apart from this, he scored 276 runs. He also captained Punjab in several matches when Shikhar Dhawan was injured. But failed to leave a mark on any front. (Punjab Kings Instagram)
Sam Karen played the last match of the season for IPL 2023 for Punjab Kings on 19 May. With this match, the journey of Punjab Kings in IPL was over. After that he returned to England and now there this all-rounder has given a bang in the Vitality T20 Blast. (Punjab Kings Instagram)
Sam is captaining Surrey in the T20 Blast. He played an amazing inning against Middlesex and also won the team the match. Surrey Twitter
In the match against Middlesex, Surrey captain Sam Karen won the toss and decided to bat first. Karen, captaining Surrey, played a stormy inning of 68 runs in just 47 balls. Sam Karen hit 7 fours and 2 sixes. Surrey Twitter
Along with Sam, his brother Tom Karen also hit 50 runs in 33 balls. Apart from Sam-Tom, Will Jacques also played an inning of 43 runs in 22 balls. With the help of the quick innings of both the brothers, Surrey scored 199 runs in 20 overs at the loss of 6 wickets. Surrey Twitter
Chasing the target of 200 runs, the Middlesex team could only manage 126 runs in 14.5 overs. Will Jacques also took 3 wickets for Surrey. (AP)