2. Kusal Mendis
Kusal Mendis is another player who could replace Jonny Bairstow in the Punjab team. While Jitesh Sharma is available as an option behind the stumps, Mendis is a good choice as a top-order batsman who can provide the team with quick runs.
Shikhar Dhawan is known to take his time at the start of an innings, and Mendis’ inclusion would provide the team with a good option for big-hitting. While he may not have the same impact as Bairstow, he would be a useful addition to the team.