Kings XI Punjab is one of the most inconsistent teams in the league and has had a bumpy ride in the ten IPL season. Punjab reached the final of the 2014 season but failed at the final hurdle as they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders.
A Brief history of the Punjab Franchisee-:
Kings XI Punjab represents the northern territory of the country as it represents K.J.H.P.H which stands for Kashmir, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana with their base at the Punjab Cricket Association in Mohali.
Punjab had a rocking start to their IPL journey as they reached the semi-finals of the first season in 2008. However, they have been on the downfall since then and have reached the final just once in 2015.
An IPL franchise can retain maximum three capped Indian players, two foreign capped players and two uncapped Indian players. A franchise which does not retain any player in their squad gets three options of right to match. The Governing Council has also set the salary for every franchise for the next three seasons. Franchises had a cap of 80 crores in 2018, 82 crores in 2019 and 85 crores in 2020.
Player Retained by KXIP-:
Kings XI Punjab retained left-arm Indian spinner Axar Patel on the retention day and the franchise has shelled out 12.5 crores to retain the left-arm spinner. However, Patel will be paid INR 6.75 Crores by the franchise, but according to the retention policy, 12.5 Crores will be deducted from the allocated purse of INR 80 Crores.
However, KXIP will be looking forward to the auction day to build a strong side and the management will be drawing a plan for the big day. Let’s have a look at the franchise’s gameplay and the auction.
Better Local Options-:
Kings XI Punjab has always relied on the local reliant on the local talent and domestic players. Punjab owners have depended on Punjab’s local talent. According to IPL’s rules and regulations, every franchise will have to play seven domestic players in their XI. KXIP is one of the two sides to have retained just one player and has majority of their balance in their kitty.
Look for better Fast Bowling Options-:
KXIP play their home matches at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali where the wicket favours the fast bowlers and supports seam and bounce more than it does at any other venue. Punjab has always struggled to have a quality fast bowler except for the first few season when they had the services of Australian Bret Lee.
Use of RTM-:
Right to match card gives the franchise owners an option to buy back their previous players at a lower price rate. Every squad had five RTM cards initially; with Punjab retaining just one player they still have four RTM cards with themselves. KXIP can use the RTM card and buy back the players who they feel have done well for them in the past at a lower pric.
Recognized Local players-:
The KXIP management will be looking forward to having some recognized local players in their side with the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh. Punjab’s mentor Virender Sehwag has already dropped a hint that they will be going for these two players. Yuvraj and Harbhajan will surely bring some local flavor and support for the side.
KXIP should look for a Leader-:
Punjab has always struggled to have a player with leadership qualities. In the recent times, Punjab has had multiple captains in a single IPL season. One of the Marquee players should be Punjab’s target with the likes of Faf Du Plessis and Brendon McCullum in the list, any one of these players can be of a huge benefit to the side.
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