Kings XI Punjab: Season Preview

The T20 world cup is over, with Sri Lanka thwarting India by 6 wickets to clinch the title that barely evaded them last year. Now, we have about 1 and a half weeks to calm down before the next big event in the cricketing world: the Pepsi IPL 2014.

Therefore, I’m going to start putting in season previews for the various franchises, starting with the Kings XI Punjab. Hope you enjoy 🙂

First up, watch this video for my insights on their team as it came fresh out of the auction:

 

Kings XI Punjab have been a team very similar to New Zealand on the International Cricket scene: they’ve had legends in their ranks, and played some truly fantastic cricket at times, but still fail to make it large in the big tournament. This has been shown clearly as they are the only team to have started in 2008, but not yet qualified for two semifinals. They only managed to make it in the inaugral season, under Yuvraj Singh’s leadership. Since then, however, it’s been a rather disheartening 5 years for Kings XI fans. Finishing 5th, 8th, 5th, 6th, and 6th across seasons 2 and 6. However, this season might just be different. After beefing up their lineup by pulling in the cool-headed George Bailey, the devastating Mitchell Johnson, the explosive Glenn Maxwell, and the aggressive Virender Sehwag, they brought in other class players, such as Cheteshwar Pujara, Thisara Perera, Beuran Hendricks, and Wriddhiman Saha. Combined with the already retained David Miller and Manan Vohra, their squad looks like a formidable one, and KXIP seem fit to claim their first ever IPL title.

Author’s Choice XI (Based on more recent times):

Virender Sehwag

Cheteshwar Pujara

George Bailey (c)

Glenn Maxwell

Wriddhiman Saha (wk)

David Miller

Mandeep Singh

Rishi Dhawan

Mitchell Johnson

Murali Karthik

Laxmipathy Balaji