IPL 2020: Balanced Kings XI Punjab Eye Consistency

IPL 2020 is all set to begin in UAE from September 19 after the coronavirus pandemic first postponed the event and later forced the tournament out of India. During IPL auctions December 2019, teams had gone through many changes, and King’s XI Punjab was one of them.

The team is led by KL RahulHere’s the list of the team:

KL Rahul (C), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh.

More than the previous season this time the Kings XI Punjab team has balanced the side more, where heavy reliance on certain players meant their form fizzled out towards the second half of the season.

Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Krishnappa Gowtham and Mohammed Shami form solid Indian core whereas addition of Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Chris Jordan and Sheldon Cottrell means having a good pool of foreign talent to draw from.

They also have former Indian captain Anil Kumble as their head coach. Former Australia and KXIP pacer Brett Lee believes having him around will be a boost for the side.

“Having someone like that (Kumble) in terms of the mix of the team and certainly the squad will be invaluable,” Lee said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.

“The knowledge, the experiences, will definitely help. Kings XI need to win, they have got a great squad, they have got a wonderful team that can definitely get close and close but they have not got over the line yet, so, I’m actually waiting for that to happen.”