IPL Team Preview: KXIP

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Team Name:- KINGS XI PUNJAB
Captain:- George Bailey

Last season KXIP finished in the lower half of the points table,at the 6th position with 8 wins out of their 16 games. They will face the well-settled Chennai Super Kings in their opening game on 18th April,2014. With the teams undergoing almost a complete makeover this time around, it remains to be seen how the new teams fare as a unit.

KXIP Squad for IPL 7

KXIP had entered the 2014 auction retaining just 2 players in the form of big-hitting South African all-rounder David Miller and young uncapped batsman Manan Vohra which was a surprising decision.

Squad strength: 23

Costliest player: Mitchell Johnson Rs 6.5 crores

Amount spent: Rs 55.9 crores (Rs 4.1 crores remaining)

Overseas players: 7

Batsmen: 8; Bowlers: 8; All-rounders: 6; Wicketkeepers: 1

Player Type Price Paid
D Miller Batsman Retained
M Vohra Batsman Retained
Mitchell Johnson All-Rounder ₹6,50,00,000
Glenn Maxwell All-Rounder ₹6,00,00,000
George Bailey Batsman ₹3,25,00,000
Virender Sehwag Batsman ₹3,20,00,000
Rishi Dhawan All-Rounder ₹3,00,00,000
Wriddhiman Saha Wicket Keeper ₹2,20,00,000
Shaun Marsh Batsman ₹2,20,00,000
Cheteshwar Pujara Batsman ₹1,90,00,000
Beuran Hendricks Bowler ₹1,80,00,000
Lakshmipathy Balaji Bowler ₹1,80,00,000
Thisara Perera All-Rounder ₹1,60,00,000
Gurkirat Singh Mann Batsman ₹1,30,00,000
Murali Kartik Bowler ₹1,00,00,000
Sandeep Sharma Bowler ₹85,00,000
Mandeep Hardev Singh All-Rounder ₹80,00,000
Akshar Rajesh Patel All-Rounder ₹75,00,000
Parvinder Awana Bowler ₹65,00,000
Shardul Narendra Thakur Bowler ₹20,00,000
Anureet Singh Bowler ₹20,00,000
Shivam Sharma Bowler ₹10,00,000
Karanveer Singh All-Rounder ₹10,00,000

 

Last year’s Strategy: David Miller’s excellent knocks helped KXIP cross the line in some of the matches but apart from that there was little to chear about for them. They found some momentum in the later stages of the tournament but till then it was too late. Gilchrist preferred to sit out in few games,owing to poor form. All in all KXIP fared poorly as a unit.

This year’s Strategy: KXIP management did some smart buying in the auction to get stars like Sehwag,Jhonson,Maxwell,Bailey and Pujara on their side. Johnson’s red-hot form with the ball will make Punjab one of the most feared sides at their home ground. Sehwag is also in good nick after scoring well at the top of the order for Delhi along with Gautam Gambhir to get Delhi to the next stage of the domestic tournament. This squad has some of the biggest in-form players in international circuit.

Possible Best Playing 11: 

1. Virender Sehwag

2. Manan Vohra

3. Glenn Maxwell (OVERSEAS)

4. George Bailey  (OVERSEAS) (c)

5. David Miller  (OVERSEAS)

6. Wriddhiman Saha (WICKETKEEPER)

7.  Rishi Dhawan

8. Mitchell Johnson (OVERSEAS)

9. Laxmipathy Balaji

10. Parvinder Awana

11. Murali Kartik

Availability:

Sri Lanka’s tour of Ireland and England will start from 6th May

THUS,Thisara Perera will be available only till May 20.

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