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It has been yet another dismal season for the Kings XI Punjab as they have already been knocked out of the 12th edition of the tournament. Despite having a pretty balanced side which had the ability t go all the way, Kings XI Punjab faltered in crucial junctures of the game which has resulted in the outcomes in the recent past. The Kings led by Ravichandran Ashwin has been far from their best which is why they are playing their final game of the tournament.
There have been some exceptional performances for Punjab but there are few paces who the Kings XI Punjab might decide to get rid off next year.
Now let us have a look at the name of 3 possible players who might be dropped from the Kings XI Punjab squad next season.
The Afghanistan mystery spinner was a great inclusion for the Kings XI Punjab squad a year ago. While he bowled brilliantly during the last edition which also included the prized wicket of Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman has been far from impressive this season and has failed to provide the much-needed wickets for Punjab in the middle overs.
There is certainly no doubt about the fact that Mujeeb is a top-class bowler. However his inability to bag wickets this edition might surely tempt the Kings XI Punjab franchise to leave him next season and go with a more experienced spinner. The Afghan teenager played in the tournament sporadically and failed to bag regular wickets which eventually led to his ouster from the squad.
Kings XI Punjab decided to back David Miller for the major part of the tournament but the southpaw was far from his usual best and was dismissed quite cheaply on most occasions. He scored a 43 in one of the matches which happen to be his highest score in the tournament. Given his rather below par performance with the bat this season, Miller might well be released by King XI Punjab before the beginning of IPL 12.
The southpaw was replaced by Nicholas Pooran in the last few matches and the Caribbean looked in solid touch in both the matches and might well be preferred ahead of Miller for next year. In all likelihood, David Miller will be released by the Kings XI Punjab.
There is no doubt that Karun Nair is a stylish batsman and has been impressive in the IPL over the years. However, his confidence received a battering when he was not picked in the playing XI by the Kings XI Punjab for the major part of the season. Given his skills, Karun Nair could have been a certainty in many other IPL teams.
Karun Nair happens to be one of the two Indian batters to score a Test triple century when he achieved the feat against England a couple of years back. Meanwhile, in IPL 2019, it has been India international Mayank Agarwal who has been preferred time and again which has shattered the morale of Karun Nair who was an India international itself.