KXIP- A Pre-Auction Review

 

The Kings XI Punjab have had very little success in IPL since 2008, where they rode into the semifinals on Shaun Marsh’s blazing performance. Since then, they have finished 5th, 8th, 5th and 6th in IPLs 2009-12 respectively. Their best buy in last year’s auctions was the English-Pakistan all-rounder Azher Mahmood. Mahmood proved his worth as an experienced bowler and a devastating batsmen, despite the fact that KXIP crashed out at the last minute. On other KXIP news, Adam Gilchrist has announced that he will be available for IPL 2013, which is great news (not just to KXIP fans 🙂 ). Now onto their team. They have a lot of great young talent,  in the form of Mandeep Singh, Gunakreet Man Singh, Paul Valthaty, Parvinder Awana and more. Awana will definitely want to cover up his dismal show against England in the 2 T20s with another good show in IPL. Moving on, what KXIP really lacked last year was consistency. Their bowling unit in particular, was very, very inconsistant. And with a side filled with players like Praveen Kumar and Ryan Harris, you’d wonder why. This year I sense the batting is going to look really good with Gilly and Mandeep on top, followed by Marsh and David Hussey. In the middle they have Mahmood, Gunkreet Mann Singh, and possibly Siddharth Chitnis. Their bowling, however, still remains a worry. Only PK and Piyush Chawla have a decent amount of international experience. Of course, playing Ryan Harris ahead of Marsh is an option, but KXIP will still want a reserve option. Here, they have RP Singh, Dirk Nannes, and Johan Botha as good choices. This wouldn’t have been a problem if Stuart Broad had stayed, but he’s not going to be available this year either, so KXIP have released him, along with the overpriced Abhisheik Nayar, Kyle Abbott, Love Ablish, Amit Yadav, Ben Cutting, Paras Dogra, James Faulkner, Vikramjeet Malik, Ramesh Powar, and Nathan Rimmington.

Potential Squad:

  • Adam Gilchrist (c & wk)
  • Mandeep Singh
  • Nitin Saini
  • David Hussey
  • Azher Mahmood
  • Gunkreet Mann Singh
  • Piyush Chawla
  • Ryan Harris
  • Praveen Kumar
  • Parvinder Awana
  • Barghav Bhatt

Notes:

If extra spinner is needed, Botha comes in for Harris

If extra pacer is needed, Harmeet Singh comes in for Bhatt, 

If extra batsman is needed, Shaun Marsh comes in for Harris