5 Players KXIP should target in IPL 2021 Auction
Inclusion of two of these players at least will bolster the already promising KXIP squad.
Updated - Nov 13, 2020 11:28 am
The Kings XI Punjab were one of the most promising teams heading into IPL 2020. Unfortunately, the Mohali-based franchise could not live up to the expectations as they finished sixth on the standings. The KL Rahul-led outfit got off to a disastrous start in the first half as they won only one of their first seven fixtures.
However, they gained momentum in the second half of the competition as KXIP built a five-match winning streak. At one stage, they were quite close to sealing their Top 4 berth. But losing to the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings in their last two league games cost Punjab a place in the next round.
The owners are reportedly impressed with the way KL Rahul led the team in the second half. However, the team management feels that the squad still needs a world-class bowler who can back Mohammed Shami to perfection. Also, they have hinted that they might release Glenn Maxwell before the next auction. Thus, they would also require a top quality foreign all-rounder in their line-up.
Here are the five names KXIP would look to target in IPL 2021 auction
1. Mitchell Starc
Australian speedster Mitchell Starc was unlucky to miss out on a IPL contract in 2020. He had pulled out of the competition keeping the forthcoming T20 World Cup in mind. Unfortunately, the organizers had to push the global event back to 2022, meaning that Starc could have played IPL 2020.
The left-arm fast bowler is one of the most-feared pacers in world cricket right now. He is currently playing for the New South Wales team in the Sheffield Shield. Starc has shown interest in returning to the IPL, and he may possibly come back to the league next year.
If he enters the auction, KXIP should aim to sign him. The pace-friendly conditions in Mohali will assist Starc’s bowling style. Also, he had been quite impressive for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Starc could possibly take Sheldon Cottrell’s place in the squad.