Kings XI Punjab after making it to the semi-final in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League have just faded away and become the tournament’s laggards. IPL 2014 though might just be the change of fortunes that Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia’s team needs to stake a claim and winning IPL 2014.
After a surprise retention policy of keeping David Miller and Manan Vohra, Kings XI Punjab made sure they filled their side with a lot of firepower in the IPL 2014 auctions in February. Having retained just two players, the Kings XI Punjab side had a lot of money to spend left in their kitty and they wisely put it to great use.
George Bailey, the Australian Captain was one of the biggest scoops of IPL 2014. Kings XI Punjab recently named George Bailey as their captain for IPL 2014 and the Australian captain was their best bet to pose a challenge for the IPL 2014 title.
George Bailey though will have a lot on his plate though in order to complete a successful IPL 2014 in his favor. As history suggests Kings XI Punjab haven’t been the most successful side in IPL with their accolade being a semi-finals berth. Having had a disappointing T20 World Cup in Bangladesh for the Australian captain, it will not be the easiest tasks to beat the odds and complete the turnaround in IPL 2014.
The one thing in favor of George Bailey and Kings XI Punjab though is the abundance of talent that they have at their disposal. With one of the most destructive batsman in cricketing history, Virender Sehwag opening the innings, there’s every possibility that there will be some fireworks early on in the innings for the Kings XI Punjab side.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Manan Vohra and captain George Bailey himself provide the middle order with stability and youthful exuberance along with the added option of Sri Lankan Thisara Perera who is no dud with the bat and bowl. The wildcards for Kings XI Punjab will be the duo of the Million Dollar man Glenn Maxwell and South African tornado David Miller. The flexibility the Maxwell brings in the side is unmatched to none other plus the destructive finishing of Miller has been witnessed on more than one occasion so everyone is aware of what he is capable of. His special innings against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in last year’s edition of IPL will always remain one of the best innings in the history of the tournament and maybe even in T20 cricket.
Their bowling attack though is a bit of a question mark with Mitchell Johnson their only stand out bowler along the pack. L. Balaji and Parvinder Awana though respectably good might not be the most intimidating choices for George Bailey’s team and Murali Kartik is their sole full-time spinning option so should he fail, it’s as good as curtains for the Kings XI Punjab in terms of spin.
Though a bit unbalanced on the bowling front, when you have the likes of Sehwag, Vohra, Bailey, Maxwell, Perera and Miller in your batting line-up there is no score that seems impossible. Plus Mitchell Johnson on his day can single handedly rip through any batting order in the world so Kings XI Punjab do stand a good chance to stake a claim for the IPL 2014 title should they perform upto their potential.