The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is speck-like Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). They always had some of the best players in their squad like Adam Gilchrist and Virender Sehwag but they never managed to win the IPL title.
Similarly, in 2018, under the captaincy of Ravichandran Ashwin, they started off the block like a bullet but suffered a form swoop towards the end.
The Mohali based franchise had plenty of off-screen drama going on into IPL 2020 auction. After waiting till the end of the IPL 2020 auction, KXIP concludes KL Rahul as their new skipper.
Kings XI Punjab: Team Overview
The side has a new head coach, former Indian captain Anil Kumble. Former Australia and KXIP pacer Brett Lee believes having him around will be a boost for the side. Kings XI have counteracted the side out more so than in previous seasons, where heavy confidence on certain players meant their contour fizzled out towards the second half of the season.
There are plenty of match-winners in their squad. It starts with skipper KL Rahul, opens the innings and can take the game away from the opponents.
Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham are a combination of power and class.
They also have power hitters like Chris Gayle and Glenn Maxwell. They have a potent bowling unit too, including Mohammad Shami, M Ashwin, Mujib ur Rahman, Chris Jordan and Sheldon Cottrell.
The franchise has a largely impressive first line up but their back up does not inspire that much confidence. If the opening line up fails then the whole squad can go down very quickly as we had seen in the past two seasons.
They have very good young talent but they are untested in the suburbs of the IPL. Chris Gayle Gayle is still a force to reckon but is 41 and also stayed away from the field for very long time.
Kings XI Punjab: Season Wise Performance
|Year||Captain||Rank||Top Batsman||Runs||Top Bowler||Wickets||Win %|
|2019||Ravichandran Ashwin||6th||KL Rahul||593||Mohammad Shami||19||42.85|
|2018||Ravichandran Ashwin||7th||KL Rahul||659||Andrew Tye||24||42.85|
|2017||Glenn Maxwell||5th||Hashim Amla||420||Sandeep Sharma||17||50|
|2016||David Miller||8th||Murali Vijay||453||Sandeep Sharma||15||28.57|
|2015||George Bailey||8th||David Miller||357||Anureet Singh||15||27.27|
|2014||George Bailey||2nd||Glenn Maxwell||552||Sandeep Sharma||18||70.59|
|2013||Adam Gilchrist||6th||David Miller||418||Azhar Mahmood||15||50|
|2012||Adam Gilchrist||6th||Mandeep Singh||432||Parvinder Awana||17||50|
|2011||Adam Gilchrist||5th||Shaun Marsh||504||Ryan Harris||16||50|
|2010||Kumar Sangakkara||8th||Mahela Jayawardene||439||Irfan Pathan||15||28.57|
|2009||Yuvraj Singh||5th||Yuvraj Singh||340||Irfan Pathan||17||50|
|2008||Yuvraj Singh||3rd||Shaun Marsh||616||S. Sreesanth||19||66.67|
Kings XI Punjab: Team Stats
- Most Runs: Shaun Marsh (2477)
- Most 100’s: Hasim Amla (2)
- Most 50’s: Shaun Marsh (20)
- Best Batting Average: KL Rahul- 54.43
- Best Strike Rate: Sam Curran – 172.72
- Most 6’s: David Millar (91)
- Highest Individual Score: Virender Sehwag (122)
- Most Wickets: Piyush Chawla (84)
- Best Bowling Figures: Ankit Rajpoot- 4-14-5
- Most 4 Wickets: Andrew Tye (3)
- Most 5 Wickets: Ankit Rajpoot (1)
Here is the List of Kings XI Punjab IPL 2020 fixtures, venues and match timings
|DAY & DATE||MATCH||TIME (in IST)||VENUE|
|September 20, Sunday||Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|September 24, Thursday||Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|September 27, Sunday||Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|October 1, Thursday||Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|October 4, Sunday||Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings||7.30 PM||Dubai|
|October 8, Thursday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab||7.30 PM||Dubai|
|October 10, Saturday||Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders||3.30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|October 15, Thursday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab||7.30 PM||Sharjah|
|October 18, Sunday||Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab||7.30 PM||Dubai|
|October 20, Tuesday||Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals||7.30 PM||Dubai|
|October 24, Saturday||Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||7.30 PM||Dubai|
|October 26, Monday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab||7.30 PM||Sharjah|
|October 30, Friday||Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals||7.30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|November 1, Sunday||Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab||3.30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
Kings XI Punjab: 2020 Auction Buys and Trades
The Anil Kumble headed Team management did a terrific job at the auction. Retrieving 2 of the top 5 costliest buys in the auction they picked Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell.
Alongside these two, they obtained Chris Jordan, Deepak Hooda, James Neesham, K Gowtham to name a few decent investments.
Kings XI Punjab Full Squad for IPL 2020
Karun Nair, KL Rahul (C&WK), Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran (WK), PrabSimran Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, Deepak Hooda, Glenn Maxwell, Harpreet Brar, James Neesham, K Gowtham, Tajinder Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Hardus Viljoen, Ishan Porel, J Suchith, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell