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2014 IPL Team Preview: Kings XI Punjab


  • Kings XI Punjab is the Tottenham Hotspur of the Indian Premier League. Inspite of having a strong team, they fail to finish the tournament well and often get placed at the bottom of the table. The Kings from Mohali reached the last four only once and failed to make the cut again in the next five editions. They went for a complete overhaul of their squad that failed to perform well in the tournament. They made full use of the 2014 IPL auctions and strengthened their squad. They go into the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League as the strongest team and have the perfect balance in the team. Here we bring you what Priety Zinta led team have in store for the seventh edition of the IPL

    Kings XI Punjab in IPL:

    Season

    Final Position

    2008

    Fourth Place

    2009

    Fifth Place

    2010

    Eighth Place

    2011

    Fifth Place

    2012

    Sixth Place

    2013

    Sixth Place

     

    Kings XI Punjab Squad for IPL 2014:

    Indian Players:

    Batsmen:

    Bowlers:

     

    All Rounders:

     

    Wicket-Keeper(s):

    Overseas Players:

    Batsmen:

    Bowlers:

    All-Rounders:

    Strengths:

    • They have the strong batting order.

    • They can chase down big totals with ease.

    • Kings XI have a handful of decent All-Rounders.

    • Mitchell Johnson can be lethal with the new ball.

    • Most of their players are in good form.

    • Glenn Maxwell is at his destructive best and that is a good news for the team management.

    • George Bailey brings a lot of value to the team as the captain of the side.

    • Playing majority of their matches at home makes it easier for them.

    Weakness:

    • Bowling looks a strong concern for the Kings XI.

    • Poor spin bowling resources. If Murali Kartik has a bad day, there is no one else to back up.

    • No perfect backing for Mitchell Johnson.

    • They do not bat deep and that could be a huge factor while chasing.

    Kings XI went into this year’s IPL auction retaining just two players – Manan Vohra (surprise) and David Miller – and came out of it with a bagful of scalps. Pundits felt Kings XI did best business during the auction. They utilized their purse wisely and also picked up match-winners in the process. Their batting line-up now boasts of top players like Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Virender Sehwag, Thisara Perera and Miller. Their bowling will be led by Aussie paceman Mitchell Johnson, who was a prized scalp for the Kings at the auction. Besides Johnson, South African pacer Beuran Hendricks and Indian duo of Parvinder Awana and L Balaji make up a decent fast-bowling attack. Allrounders Rishi Dhawan and Perera will also add to the pace department.     However, one area which would worry the Kings is their spin-bowling resources. At present, left-arm spinner and former India international Murali Kartik is the lone flag-bearer in this department with a couple of rookies. The IPL will also be a test for new coach Sanjay Bangar. His calm nature and calculative mind will bring sanity into a dressing room packed with stars.

    Possible Playing XI:

    Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey, Murali Kartik, Mitchell Johnson, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana.

    2014 IPL Schedule:

    Match No.

    Date

    Opponent

    Venue

    Time

    1

    18-4-2014

    Chennai Super Kings

    Abu Dhabi

    4:00 PM

    2

    20-4-2014

    Rajasthan Royals

    Sharjah

    8:00 PM

    3

    22-4-2014

    Sunrisers Hyderabad

    Sharjah

    8:00 PM

    4

    26-4-2014

    Kolkata Knight Riders

    Abu Dhabi

    8:00 PM

    5

    28-4-2014

    Royal Challengers Bangalore

    Dubai

    8:00 PM

    6

    3-5-2014

    Mumbai Indians

    Mumbai

    4:00 PM

    7

    7-5-2014

    Chennai Super Kings

    Cuttack

    8:00 PM

    8

    9-5-2014

    Royal Challengers Bangalore

    Bangalore

    4:00 PM

    9

    11-5-2014

    Kolkata Knight Riders

    Cuttack

    4:00 PM

    10

    14-5-2014

    Sunrisers Hyderabad

    Hyderabad

    4:00 PM

    11

    19-5-2014

    Delhi Daredevils

    Delhi

    8:00 PM

    12

    21-5-2014

    Mumbai Indians

    Chandigarh

    8:00 PM

    13

    23-5-2014

    Rajasthan Royals

    Chandigarh

    8:00 PM

    14

    25-5-2014

    Delhi Daredevils

    Chandigarh

    4:00 PM

     

     

     

     

     

     

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