If there was a title for the most under-performing team in the IPL, it would surely go to Kings XI Punjab. Not intending to demean the side, but any radical cricket fan would agree the Punjab franchise hasn’t been up to the mark ever since its inception. Their graph has maintained a consistency over the years but at the bottom half of the points table. With a new skipper and newly acquired bunch of talents, a change of fortune is expected.

KXIP went in with the biggest purse in the 2017 auction and picked impressive names. T. Natarajan, their costliest buy, seems like a natural fit into the XI, at least mid-way through the tournament if not in the initial stages. Eoin Morgan, Martin Guptill and Darren Sammy were some of the other interesting signings and a description of these in-form players is not required.

There is lot of emphasis over the fact the newly acquired players would bring a turnaround. But, ironically, the team has a great set of players. Put together David Miller, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh and Mohit Sharma and you get nothing less than a top-class T20 unit. However, strangely, they’ve managed to reach the knockouts only two times. Their best performance so far has been the runners-up honours they pocketed in the 2014 season.

But despite these lacklustre performances, the franchise has always maintained an optimistic approach making several great buys and structural changes. The latest one of those came just a few days ago as the leadership mantle was passed over to Glenn Maxwell, the unorthodox Australian all-rounder. The vibrant Punjab fans will be eagerly hoping the new skipper would bring in a turnaround.

Here is KXIP’s full IPL 2017 Schedule:

Date Match Details Time
Apr 08, Saturday Kings XI Punjab vs Rising Pune Supergiants, 4th Match
Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
4:00 PM
Apr 10, Monday Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 8th Match
Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
8:00 PM
Apr 13, Thursday Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, 11th Match
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
8:00 PM
Apr 15, Saturday Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab, 15th Match
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
8:00 PM
Apr 17, Monday Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab, 19th Match
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
8:00 PM
Apr 20, Thursday Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, 22nd Match
Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
8:00 PM
Apr 23, Sunday Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab, 26th match
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
4:00 PM
Apr 28, FriDay Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 33rd Match
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
8:00 PM
Apr 30, Sunday Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, 36th Match
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
4:00 PM
May 05, Friday Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, 43rd Match
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
8:00 PM
May 07, Sunday Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions, 47th Match
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
8:00 PM
May 09, Tueday Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 49th Match
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
8:00 PM
May 11, Thursday Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, 51st Match
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
8:00 PM
May 14, Sunday Rising Pune Supergiants vs Kings XI Punjab, 55th Match at MCA Stadiium, Pune 4:00 PM

 

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