IPL 2020: Predicted Playing XI of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

After buying nine players in the auction, Punjab are still left with Rs 16.50 crores INR.

Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Kings XI Punjab lavishly spend a big amount in the IPL 2020 auction held in Kolkata on 19th of December. They had already released their main players like David Miller, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran at the end of the trade window. Moreover, they also traded their previous season skipper to Delhi Capitals. So, it was expected that they will go all-in to get their first choice players in the auction. Moreover, they were having the most amount in their purse in comparison to its rival franchises.

With Anil Kumble taking the charge of KXIP, they bought a total of nine players in IPL 2020 auction. In a surprising decision from the think tank, they also picked their former player Glenn Maxwell after splashing a whopping amount of 10.65 Crore.

However, they didn’t stop there and went for another eight players: Prabhsimran Singh (Rs 55 lakh), Chris Jordan (Rs 3 cr), Tajinder Dhillon (Rs 20 lakh), James Neesham (Rs 50 lakh), Deepak Hooda (Rs 50 lakh), Ishan Porel (Rs 20 lakh), Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 2 cr), and Sheldon Cottrell (Rs 8.5 cr). After buying nine players in the auction, they are still left with Rs 16.50 crores INR.

Let’s see how KXIP playing XI will look after they added new players in their ranks:

1. KL Rahul

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Karnataka batsman was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2018 at a whopping fee of 11 Cr. He has played 28 games since arrival and smashed 1252 runs with 12 half-centuries and one ton. After the departure of Ravichandran Ashwin, now he has been given the opportunity to lead KXIP in the upcoming season of IPL. He will be one of the openers for the Punjab-based franchise.

Rahul, as an opener has proved his worth for whichever franchise he has played for in the biggest T20 league. In the last two seasons, he has helped KXIP in the critical situations of the match and put them on the driver’s seat. When the Indian batsman is in full flow then it is quite difficult to stop him. In the last three to four years, he has gone through some major transformation in his game and now he has established his name as one of the biggest match-winners.

In the last couple of seasons, Kings XI Punjab missed many big opportunities under the leadership of Ravichandran Ashwin to qualify for the playoffs. However, now Rahul under his captaincy will look to bolster all the chances to help his side in clinching their maiden IPL title.


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