Wasim Jaffer offers Mitchell Starc to join KXIP for IPL 2021
KXIP couldn't qualify for the playoffs in the 2020 edition of the tournament,
Updated - Nov 10, 2020 10:18 pm
Former right-handed opening batsman and IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab batting coach Wasim Jaffer is quite active on social networking sites. Jaffer entertained the netizens with his witty captions and pop culture references in replies to his fans on Twitter.
Though his team Punjab failed to make it to the playoffs of the ongoing 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), the batting coach has already started preparing for the next season.
On November 9, Australia’s legendary pacer Mitchell Starc had made the official announcement regarding his return to the Big Bash League after a period of 6 years. Starc has signed a deal with Sydney Sixers franchise for the upcoming edition of BBL.
Reacting to this news Jaffer used a famous meme from the web-series Mirzapur to ask Mitchell to join Kings XI Punjab for the 2021 edition of the T20 Championship in India. The meme read, “Humko join kar lo”
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 10, 2020
Notably, Starc had pulled out his name for IPL 2020 to focus on the T20 World Cup 2020 which was scheduled in October-November this year in Australia. However, owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to postpone the tournament to the next year while IPL 2020 was conducted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the same timeline.
KXIP’s run in IPL 2020
Kings XI Punjab campaign in IPL 2020 witnessed a roller-coaster ride. The team had a disappointing start in the tournament as they lost six games out of their first seven games.
However, Punjab made a stunning comeback as they won five games on a trot in the second half of the tournament defeating some of the most prolific teams of IPL 2020 namely Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
But the team registered a defeat against Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in their last two fixtures of the IPL 2020 and bowed out from the race for the playoffs. The Punjab-based franchise finished at the sixth spot in the points table with 12 points in 14 fixtures.