KXIP director of cricket Anil Kumble has shown faith in his team’s potential and said that they will come out well in IPL 2020. KXIP will be led by prolific limited-overs batsman KL Rahul for the first time and have some fine names in their ranks like Chris Gayle and composed batsman Mayank Agarwal.
The former India spinner said that he has high hopes from KXIP this season as they have a balanced squad with some youngsters. He also added that he is getting to know them in the training session and looking forward to prepare and be ready for the team.
“It feels really nice, it feels a bit strange to come on to the field like this and then have the entire squad, I mean not necessarily the entire squad but the set of players that are here. So it’s wonderful to be on the ground and have a hit, it’s nice to be outdoors,” Kumble said in a video posted by Punjab’s official Twitter handle.
“We have high hopes from this season, we have a really good squad, a very balanced squad, some experienced and some youngsters. I am getting to know them now and seeing them play for the first time here, some of them in nets, so yeah just looking forward to build on the preparation and to be ready for the IPL,” he added.
KXIP failed to qualify for the play-offs in the IPL 2019 and will look to better their performance from the previous season. They finished with 12 points with six wins from their stipulated 14 matches.
KL Rahul will be donning the captain’s hat for the first time in IPL. He will be leading the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) franchise in the upcoming season and there will be plenty of expectations from the Indian opener. More so, because KL Rahul has done well for KXIP in the recent past and has turned out to be a vital cog for the franchise.