KXIP will be one of the teams that will again try to do well in the tournament. KXIP has always had one of the best sides in the IPL but they never impressed with their performance in any of the season. This team ha sonly reached the finals only to be beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders. This team had the horrible season last year. Out of all the team in the IPL, KXIP has consistently performed badly in the IPL so far.
KXIP will have the high hopes the year also after they have made some good purchase in the IPL Auction this year. They have also retained two of their key players Maxwell and Miller.
The team has added the new players in this season which makes the team stronger. The addition of Sehwag as the head coach of the team will also give the team a lot of motivation and support. The player like Dareen Sammy could be very useful in slow wickets of India and we all know how dangerous he can with the bat. Martin Guptill could provide the good opening stand with Vohra or Vijay which will strengthen the team’s top order.
But the big responsibility will be on the shoulders of M&M(Maxwell and Miller) to give the strength in the middle order. They are two of the most dangerous batsman in the world and if these two start to fire the KXIP could easily beat any team on the given day. The main concern for the team would be the bowling attack. They lack a good quality international bowler in their line up. The bowling department will be headed by Matt henry, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron.
The team has the likes of Eoin Morgan who is in sublime form and he will get lots of support from Shaun Marsh, the one player that has been in KXIP since the beginning. Shaun is probably the only player that has performed will for his side in each of the seasons. The players like Saha and Amla would also provide a good batting option for the team.
The big worry for the captain would be to choose the 4 foreign players. They have the likes of Guptill, Amla, Morgan, Sammy, henry, Maxwell as the preferable choice. But only three of these players could play in one match. Now he will have to find the perfect combination for the side as soon as possible.
Kings XI Punjab Schedule IPL 2017
|April 8||Sunday||Kings XI Punjab||Rising Pune Supergiant||Indore||4 PM|
|April 10||Monday||Kings XI Punjab||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Indore||8 PM|
|April 13||Thursday||Kolkata Knight Riders||Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata||8 PM|
|April 15||Saturday||Delhi Daredevils||Kings XI Punjab||Delhi||8 PM|
|April 17||Monday||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kings XI Punjab||Hyderabad||8 PM|
|April 20||Thursday||Kings XI Punjab||Mumbai Indians||Indore||8 PM|
|April 23||Sunday||Gujarat Lions||Kings XI Punjab||Rajkot||4 PM|
|April 28||Friday||Kings XI Punjab||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Mohali||8 PM|
|April 30||Sunday||Kings XI Punjab||Delhi Daredevils||Mohali||4 PM|
|May 5||Friday||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Kings XI Punjab||Bengaluru||8 PM|
|May 7||Sunday||Kings XI Punjab||Gujarat Lions||Mohali||8 PM|
|May 9||Tuesday||Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata Knight Riders||Mohali||8 PM|
|May 11||Thursday||Mumbai Indians||Kings XI Punjab||Mumbai||8 PM|
|May 14||Sunday||Rising Pune Supergiant||Kings XI Punjab||Pune||4 PM
Kings XI Punjab Squad:
Glenn Maxwell (c), Varun Aaron, Hashim Amla, Anureet Singh, Armaan Jaffer, KC Cariappa, Martin Guptill, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Matt Henry, Shaun Marsh, David Miller, Eoin Morgan, Nikhil Naik, T Natarajan, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (W), Pradeep Sahu, Darren Sammy, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Rinku Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Rahul Tewatia, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra.
Prediction: Every team in the IPL will look to finish in the top four and Kings will also target. But as per my prediction, they won’t be making it to the playoffs.