Kings XI Punjab in search of its maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) The title, has completely revamped its management for the upcoming edition of the Twenty20 League. Punjab based franchise wins it Former India captain Anil Kumble While KL Rahul has been selected to head the star-studded team as their head coach. Despite being a strong side on paper in the last 12 seasons, Punjab is yet to get their hands on the IPL trophy. His best performance came in 2014 when the team reached the final but failed to reach the line against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Punjab will be happy with the recruitment of Nicholas Pooran as its young West Indies. The 24-year-old recently scored a century in 45 balls. Caribbean Premier League He will be expected to pursue his form in the IPL when the tournament starts in the United Arab Emirates.
Chris Gayle, Jimmy Neesham and Glenn Maxwell are the other big names that make KXIP one of the top contenders to lift the trophy this season.
Mohammad shami And Mujib ur Rehman will lead the bowling department which boasts the likes of Sheldon Cottrell and Chris Jordan.
KL Rahul will lead a franchise for the first time in his career. The wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 659 and 593 runs for Kings XI Punjab in the last two seasons. KL Rahul Looking to lead from the front in his first season as captain.
Highest: 100 not out
Strike Rate: 138.15
West Indies superstars are always a threat to any opposition. Gayle has built an excellent partnership with KL Rahul at the top. The Jamaican big hitter is 40 years old and this may be the last time fans can see Universe Boss in the IPL.
Highest: 175 not out
Strike Rate: 151.02
The Australian all-rounder can be a game-changer for any side he plays for. ‘Big Show’ Maxwell has the ability to go big from the first ball and can easily find gaps on the field. The all-rounders missed last year’s IPL and KXIP earned Rs 10.75 crore for the 13th edition of the IPL. Maxwell will add fire power in the middle-order and could be the X-factor for the franchise this season.
Strike Rate: 161.13
Nicholas Pooran was bought by KXIP for Rs 4 crore last year and the West Indies batsman proved his usefulness in his first stint with the franchise, playing some crucial knockouts. Puran has been in explosive form in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League and if he advances his form, it will be difficult for the opposition bowlers to stop him.
Strike Rate: 157.00
Mohammed Shami took 19 consecutive wickets for Kings XI Punjab in the last season. After performing well in New Zealand earlier this year, Shami will lead Punjab’s bowling attack this season.
Mujib ur Rehman
The Afghanistan spinner has the ability to deceive batsmen in the air and is expected to take wickets to assist spinners in the UAE, in the face of a strong batting line-up like Mujib ur Rehman KL Rahul and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai for Punjab Can go Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
Other members of the squad: Mandeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Tajinder Singh, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Sarfaraz Khan, Mayank Agarwal, Darshan Nalakande, Murugan Ashwin, Jagdish Suchitra, Krishna Gopal, Krishna Gopal, Hardus Viljoen, Simran Singh.
Note: All statistics courtesy iplt20.com
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