Kings XI Punjab Team:
Kings XI Punjab Team is one of the best and also one of my favorite teams in IPL 7. This Season they own a squad like never before. The team is known for their love of Australian players and the big reason of this is Shaun Marsh. Kings XI Punjab Team had their best performance in the first season, as they reached till the semi finals mainly due to his exceptional batting display. He remained the highest scorer, with a century and five fifties, with an amazing batting average of 68.44 at that season.
Kings XI Punjab witnessed a major setback in the second season. Shaun Marsh couldn’t able to play because he was playing for Australia at that time. As a result the team failed to make it to the semi finals. The third season of IPL was even worse as the team finished at the bottom. Then the team owners again bought some Australian players and made Adam Gilchrist their skipper to strengthen the team. The plan provided the team a better result than the last season but still they couldn’t make it to the play-offs. The next two seasons was no different for the team.
The Kings XI Punjab Team owner’s learned a lesson from their past and came with a plan during the IPL-7 auction. This time they appeared quite determine while picking their players and their new coach Sanjay Bangar. Retaining David Miller was a good choice but same treatment with Manan Vohra came as a surprise. They took every step with calculated precision which left them with the best team they have ever had. Once again this Team showed their love for Australian players and bought George Bailey, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson.
Kings XI Punjab looks strong in all the departments. They have a list of match-winners like Virender Sehwag, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh and David Miller in their explosive batting line up. Even in the bowling department they have players like Mitchell Johnson, Beuran Hendricks and Rishi Dhawan and have enough potential to destroy any batting line up in the world. They also have skilled all-rounders like Glenn Maxwell and Thisara Perera, both are famous for their explosive batting skills and come in handy with their bowling as well. With this deadly unit Kings XI Punjab Team has a genuine chance to win the championship this time.
Squad strength: 23 (Indian 16, overseas 7)
Batsmen: George Bailey, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, David Miller, Cheteshwar Pujara, Manan Vohra, Gurkeerat Singh, Mandeep Singh.
Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell, Rishi Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh.
Wicketkeeper-batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha.
Spinners: Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma.
Fast bowlers: Mitchell Johnson, Beuran Hendricks, L Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul Thakur.
- Extraordinary batting lineup.
- Inform match winners.
- Depth in all departments.
- Lack of options in spin department.
- No backup wicketkeepers.
Kings XI Punjab Team Probable Playing XI: Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Mitchell Johnson, Rishi Dhawan, AR Patel, L Balaji, Sandeep Sharma.