Darren Sammy elated to join the Kings XI Punjab team
Darren Sammy could take the field as his side takes on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali.
Published - Apr 27, 2017 6:36 pm | Updated - Apr 27, 2017 6:36 pm
Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy expressed his excitement to join the Kings XI Punjab team for a training session. Sammy was snapped up by KXIP for his base price of Rs. 30 lakh. However, the all-rounder wasn’t in India until now. He’s finally joined the squad ahead of their clash against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Darren Sammy was seen training with the Punjab team at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali. The flamboyant West Indian took to Twitter and posted a video of the fun times they were having during his nets session.
The two-time T20 World Cup winning captain was seen sharing a laugh with some of the bigger names in the KXIP side. Sammy invited skipper Glenn Maxwell and South African smasher David Miller to say a word or two to the fans. He looked to be fitting well into the side and was raring to get a game soon.
The West Indian said, “Just the first day at training, just getting my groove on. Hopefully, I get to wear the 88 special shirt.”
“It is good to be here with the Kings family. We’re gonna try to entertain to make it to the playoffs,” the all-rounder added.
The Kings XI Punjab currently find themselves in the 5th position at the halfway mark of the tournament. With 6 points in the bag, KXIP will need another 5 wins at least from the next 7 games to stay in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs.
The team has had a forgettable couple of seasons, and haven’t had momentum going for them in this edition of the IPL either. KXIP have had some lacklustre performances from some of their big overseas players who they heavily rely on.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has had a poor start to the IPL 2017 as he hasn’t been amongst the runs and neither has he been able to pick wickets. With Stoinis failing to fire for KXIP, Darren Sammy could take the field in his place, as his side takes on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali on Saturday.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 26, 2017