5 Players KXIP can pick in the Auction to lead the side in IPL 2020
There are chances that KXIP might pick their captain from Auction.
Published - Nov 10, 2019 4:07 pm | Updated - Dec 18, 2019 7:08 pm
Over the last couple of months, there were a lot of rumours circulating around Ravichandran Ashwin and his potential transfer. It was predicted that he would leave Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and move to the Delhi Capitals (DC). The trade was made official and final a few days back.
The star Indian off-spinner was bought by the KXIP in the 2018 IPL auctions for a sum of INR 7.6 crore. He was the captain of the side as well for two years. However, KXIP failed to reach the playoffs even once in these two years. They finished sixth in both seasons. Ashwin’s performance with the ball was decent as he picked up 25 wickets across two seasons.
Now, with Ashwin’s departure, KXIP don’t have a captain. While they have the likes of KL Rahul and David Miller in their ranks to lead the side, but they could well buy someone from the auction to lead the side. So, here are five players KXIP can pick to lead the team in the 2020 edition of the IPL.
1. Eoin Morgan
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have tasted success with overseas captains in the past. When they decided to pick George Bailey and chose him as captain over someone like Virender Sehwag, it worked wonders in 2014. It could well have a similar impact if they decide to pick Eoin Morgan
Morgan has been leading the England limited-overs sides for more than four and a half years now. He’s been one of the key members behind their white-ball revolution. The Irish-born left-hander could be a very good addition to the middle-order as well which will also add some solidity to the batting line-up.
Moreover, Morgan is no stranger to the IPL. He’s played six seasons for four different teams, including KXIP (in 2017). Also, with England’s summer starting only in June, Morgan will be available for the entire season. Thus, the addition of an experienced player could well be a big boost and revive KXIP.