Kings XI Punjab team is always in news due to off-field happenings rather than on-field success. The tag which should be fit for the team is the most inconsistent team in the matter of captaincy. Punjab have seen the most number of captains than the total amount of season of IPL.The franchise of Kings XI have shown faith in their previous season squad and has retained most of their players.
There was total of 4 exclusions including that of Mitchell Johnson, Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott and Rishi Dhawan. With the exclusions of crucial fast bowlers from their squad, Kings XI needed some good fast bowlers from the auction of IPL 2017. With the inclusions of Varun Aaron and Kiwi speedster, Matt Henry the bowling unit of Punjab looks more than decent in Season 10. Other major buys for Kings eleven were England’s limited over captain Eoin Morgan and Martin Guptill, the batting looks more powerful than ever for the Punjabis. The most interesting buy off the IPL auction 2017 for Kings XI Punjab was that of mystery bowler T Natarajan who was bought for a hefty price of 3 crores.Other important buy included that of Darren Sammy who can be more than useful on any given day.
Season 10 will see a new leader in the form of Glenn Maxwell for the kings eleven Punjab. The only time Kings XI sparked on the field was under the leadership of George Bailey in 2014. And last year, despite being the most explosive batting line up Kings XI Punjab resulted being last of the standings and were eliminated soon after the round robin. It would be interesting to see what magic would it bring to the king’s side the combination of Sehwag as the mentor and Maxwell as captain.
The bowling of Kings XI always revolves around Indian bowlers and is far more successful than their batting. Matt Henry and Axar Patel will probably lead the bowling attack of Kings XI. The magic of three M is still there with the team in the form of Maxwell, Miller, and Marsh and it would be interesting to see whom will the Kings XI choose to play Amla, Guptill or Marsh. There is the slight possibility of having the opening combination of Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra in the playing eleven of Season 10 of IPL 2017.
The allrounder unit of Punjab is much stronger with Sammy, Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel forming the lineup. Wridiman Saha impeccable form of late is a positive sign for the team. It would be rather interesting to watch how Maxwell leads a side who never had a great outing in IPL.
Existing Players: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, M Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla.
Players Bought: Eoin Morgan (2 Cr), Rahul Tewatia (25 Lakhs), T Natarajan (3 Cr), Matt Henry (50 Lakhs), Varun Aaron (2.80 Cr), Martin Guptill (50 Lakh), Darren Sammy (30 Lakh), Rinku Singh (10 Lakh)
Players to Watch out for:
T Natarajan, Martin Guptill, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa and David Miller.
Kings XI Punjab
- KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited
- Sanjay Bangar
- Glenn Maxwell
- IS Bindra Stadium