Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have consistently underperformed for the past couple of years in the Indian Premier League. In spite of all changes in the captaincy and team management, the results have virtually been the same as Kings XI Punjab failed to qualify for the playoffs in the last four years.
Mike Hesson will be focused to make Kings XI Punjab can do well in this year’s competition. With Ravichandran Ashwin as captain of the side, the franchise will need to maintain consistency with bat and ball in order to do well in this year’s competition. KXIP will need to field the best combination to produce the right results this season.
Here are the three players who can be instrumental in helping Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) winning their maiden trophy.
Chris Gayle has been in breathtaking form with the bat so far this year. From doing well in Bangladesh Premier League to make an emphatic to West Indies limited-overs side, Gayle can certainly deliver the goods for Kings XI Punjab in this year’s tournament. Gayle has scored over 4000 runs in the competition since its inception in 2008.
Left-handed batsman has certainly rediscovered his mojo with the bat this year and will be looking to score heavily for KXIP in this year’s competition. With Gayle firing on all cylinders, Kings XI will certainly qualify for the playoffs of the competition.
Swashbuckling opener certainly stole the show with the bat in the previous edition of the Indian Premier. Rahul was one of premier performers for the side in the last year’s campaign. He certainly scored quickly at the top of the innings and launched a severe onslaught on quick bowlers. He finished as the leading run-scorer for Kings XI Punjab last season. Kings XI will be hoping that Rahul can deliver runs with the bat in this year’s tournament.
With a lot of criticisms he had to face due to chat-show controversy, Rahul will be looking to produce a strong comeback in this year’s competition. He will be looking to grab the attention of selectors with his batting performances in this year’s competition. Rahul could certainly surprise selection if he scores heavily for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League
Mujeeb ur Rahman
Off-spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman will be focused to do well in this year’s tournament. He made his debut last season for Kings XI and finished with 14 wickets to his name. He was certainly used as attacking option by Kings XI and also opened the innings with the new-ball.
With his pinpoint accuracy and variations, he finished the previous edition with an economy rate of 6.99, which is certainly splendid for any bowler playing in the Indian Premier League. With the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy also in the Kings XI bowling attack, Mujeeb will certainly be looking to make early inroads with the new-ball.
There is no doubt that Mujeeb ur Rahman will certainly play a big role in helping Kings XI Punjab win their maiden crown this season.