Hello everyone! Hope you all are eagerly waiting for the IPL 2020. Today we are going to present you our take on “Kings XI Punjab”.
If you look at the IPL history, along with the Delhi Daredevils (now changed to Delhi capitals) Kings XI Punjab is one of the most inconsistent team in the tournament.
Everyseason, if you look at the squad of KXIP they were always studded with the star players and match winners and yet they have failed to perform well. They have managed to reach the Knock out stage only in the year 2008 reached final in the year 2014.
KXIP do perform well in the beginning of the tournament but has the tendency to lose the momentum in the latter half of the tournament. There are two main reasons behind KXIP’s poor performance. One is that they were not able to build a core Indian bowling attack; they’ve always made changes in their team for almost every season which is why they’re not able to build a formidable bowling attack.
The other reason is due to lack of good captain, Unlike CSK had Dhoni and MI has Rohit who can lead in front and guide the players towards right path. They were never able to found themselves a good captain as they went on changing their captains for every two seasons, George bailey did a pretty good job in 2014 took the team to finals but then again after his poor performance in 2015 made him to axe out of the team.
Looking at the team this year, we can see that KXIP is trying to learn from their mistakes made in the past. They have added plenty of variety in their bowling attack with Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb ur Rahman along with the new buys Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell and the All-rounder’s Jimmy Neesham and Chris Jordan who can perfectly fit in the role of death bowler which KXIP is been missing for the long time.
KXIP batting looks immensely strong with KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair at the top-order. Nicholas Pooran, Jimmy Neesham, Deepak Hooda along with Sarfaraz Khan who had good domestic season last year and Glenn Maxwell coming back to the team gives an immense boost to them.Maxwell who had been stand-out performer for KXIP in 2014 in which they reached finals, wishes to recreate that magic again and help KXIP to win the IPL for the first time.
2019 has been very lucky for KL, he was in tremendous form for Team INDIA. Whatever he has touched everything has turned into gold be it wicket keeping, be it batting where he moved down to bat from top order to middle order or be it leading the team. He adapted himself in every role perfectly, that has been assigned to him and KXIP wishes to continue his good form in the IPL as they have appointed him as their Leader for this year. Hope KXIP persists with the KL as their captain for long period and does not make much changes to the Indian core players.
Players to watch out for: KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell and Sarfaraz Khan.
Best Playing XI
Mayank Agarwal / Chris Gayle
Mujeeb ur Rahman
Chris Jordan / Sheldon Cottrell