Of all chaos, drama, agony, a neat turnover but late double’s end the Kings XI Punjab dare to dream in cruelest of exits in Indian Premier League.
This wasn’t the first time Kings XI Punjab had left it all until the last moment.
What went wrong?
Kings XI was penalized for their inability to close as many as 3 games out of 5, which they could have closed out with a brisk margin. Even five wins in the last seven games couldn’t assure them a playoff spot. On game decision making ,gaming sense, dizzyingly teasers, & an individual brilliance takeaway ultimately proved to be the difference between where they aspired to finish in the league table. Yet Kings XI was one of the most entertaining sides of the IPL, this also the first time KL Rahul was commander in chief for the Kings.
Skipper KL Rahul has ripped through the competition, scoring 670 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 129.34 and an average of 55.83. Kumble has constructed side around KL Rahul to play the role of anchorman, which makes Mayank Aggarwal Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran to be free and be more expressive upfront in middle overs, thus they were seamless attacking batting unit unmatched in the middle over. As it was back by the statistics.
Mayank Agarwal, KL Opening partner, who was their second-highest run-scorer, scoring 424 runs in 11 innings, at an average of 38.54 and strike rate of 156.45 including a couple of half-centuries. Chris Gayle played his part and he was instrumental in King’s XI success in the latter half of the series, scoring 288 runs in 7 innings at an average of 41.41 and strike rate of 137.14. On other hand, Nicholas Pooran has the highest boundary percentage and SR for batters facing 200+ balls. Overall he was Striking ball at 169.71 with an average of 35.30.
Mohammed Shami, Uncapped Arshdeep Singh, and Spinner Ravi Bishnoi excelled in this department, with their temperament in subsiding each other in anxious moments. Shami, who was their highest wicket-taker, claiming 20 from 14, at an economy of 8.57. M Ashwin also did his part whenever he played, in fact, he was their 3rd best bowler of the tournament taking 10 wickets in 9 matches. They should’ve played him more in the starting part of the tournament.
Glenn Maxwell, who was expected to fire with the bat in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), could manage only 108 from 11 innings, while he failed to hit even a single six.
What do they need to do?
Kings XI Punjab does not need a drastic overhaul in the squad, they have some good Indian talent, who could be an asset in the future, and team management should back them but in the current situation, they need firepower in the pace bowling department which was somehow a letdown, in close matches, they need a leader of the pace attack to operate in all 3 stages of innings & compliment Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep. Which was somehow a letdown from Chris Jordan & Sheldon Cottrell. They need a consistent lower-order middle order which the likes of Maxwell could not adapt, as the broader strategies will come into play as the auction day closes in, we can expect Kings to release their highest-earning players for the last auction to accommodate more budget.