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IPL 2020 : Can Kings XI repeat 2014

By Tanuj Birua

“We know how the special United Arab Emirates is for Kings XI Punjab supporter”. Nobody will forget the stellar run in 2014, In what is surely a positive for Kings, it feels hard to narrow this down to just one but the thing has been different, they aren’t the same – They have talent, but From a squad building perspective, it has been messy for years. Read our preview of 2020 season for King XI Punjab.

KINGS XI PUNJAB SQUAD:

Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, KL Rahul (C), Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh.

Season Preview.

It’s pretty clear that Anil Kumble has lifted the mood and has a real aura about him. It seemed fairly clear Kings XI Punjab were looking for the hard taskmaster with flex in tactical styles.

Possibly the biggest need in the squad this summer was retooling the middle order and death bowling department.

Sarfaraz Khan and Nicholas Pooran are extremely young and immensely talented, they can be the potential answer to part of that equation. The addition of Glenn Maxwell looks to be another potential answer, but the brief purple patch has to be considered an outlier, basically nothing further to evaluate him on aside from his impact quality knock in the league which can boost the morale of King’s XI camp.

Kings XI
Glenn Maxwell back with KXIP after two seasons gap

This leaves us with the variance of death bowlers, new recruit Sheldon Cottrell is one of the most operative bowlers in the powerplay over, given his angles to seam & swing to a greater degree, however, he has the tendency to concede at the economy of 10.6 in death overs, on other hand, Mohammad Shami is trying to establish himself as Limited over specialist post-2019 World cup too had faced the similar consequence of leaking runs at the death, conceding with the economy of 10.9 at death and highly vulnerable with the new ball. Ishan Porel is a better candidate as a new ball bowler. Chris Jordan is likely to get chance this season, with an ability to bowl a yorker at constant interval both with the pace though he’s serviceable and posses lesser economy as compared Shami & Cottrell variance at death.
Kumble major demand from pace factory would be to tap the ball extremely at the right spot with the pace at the regular intervals.

Kings XI
Mohmmad Shami to lead KXIP bowling attack

Moving ahead, KL Rahul is World Class in this format, putting in superb big-game performances when they needed him most, and if he can commit to a leadership role and put all the uncertainty to one side, who knows what more he could be capable of?
Elsewhere in the side, Mayank Aggarwal & Krishnappa Gautham are surely going to be a bigger influence in this season.

Possible XI

Mayank Aggarwal.
KL Rahul (WK)
Glenn Maxwell
Nicholas Pooran.
Mandeep Singh.
Sarfaraz Khan.
Krishnappa Gowtham
Chris Jordan
Ravi Bishnoi
Mohammad Shami
Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Chris Jordan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are likely to fight for the overseas spot there’s definitely still a lot of potential for problems for Anil Kumble to have to navigate in the season ahead.

Author’s Take: KXIP are inclined to face two problems throughout the tournament. Lack of Indian quality depth and variance at death overs from a bowling perspective of view. The batsmen in the lineup have their own vulnerabilities against high-quality pace lineup, which is actually a sign of worry. On the other hand, if there is no pace on the wicket, Glenn Maxwell comes into the picture, with extra credentials to improving numbers against the leg-spin. He is one of the few players likely to make or break the game.

Kings XI will be one of the few teams who are likely to be living on cutting edge for the playoff spot.

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