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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