The Kings XI Punjab are a franchise cricket team based in Mohali, Punjab, that plays in the Indian Premier League. The team is jointly owned by leading Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, Wadia Group scion Ness Wadia, Dabur’s Mohit Burman, and Karan Paul. The team plays its home matches at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. Since the 2010 IPL, they have been playing some of their home games at Dharamsala as well. Kings XI Punjab holds the record for the longest winning streak in IPL.
Team Composition: The best part about KXIP squad is they have a good bunch of domestic players- Wriddhiman Saha, Axar Patel, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra and of course, the evergreen, Virender Sehwag. Besides them, the presence of George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Mitchell Johnson as international recruits makes KXIP a force to reckon with.
Johnson, no doubt, will spearhead the KXIP bowling attack, and he will have good support in the shape of Sandeep Sharma and Shardul Thakur. Axar Patel is set to be team’s lead spinner and leg-spinner Karanveer Singh, who picked 11 wickets from five matches previous season, will play second fiddle to Patel. Overall, KXIP have got all bases covered.
Star Player: Even though KXIP squad houses some big names like Virender Sehwag and Mitchell Johnson, but it is Glenn Maxwell who is their star player. Maxwell’s performances in the previous season saw the right-hander taking the away game from opponents in the matter of a couple of over. He will once again be key to KXIP’s campaign.
Prediction: With minimal changes from the previous season, it would come as no surprise if KXIP repeat their feats from 2014. A place in playoffs seems with in reach for the 2014 runners-up.
Squad of KXIP for IPL 2015 season 8-
Domestic Indian Players:
Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha, Axar Patel, Murali Vijay, Anureet Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karanveer Singh, Manan Vohra, Parvinder Awana, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shivam Sharma, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalkar
George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Beuran Hendricks, David Miller, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Thisara Perera.
KXIP Released Players for 2015:
Cheteshwar Pujara, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Murali Kartik.