Going into this year’s IL auction, IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab were the most aggressive team. Owner Preity Zinta along with her support team went all out in their efforts to snatch up the best players as they bid for literally everyone. And their strategy paid off as Punjab has one of the strongest squads this season. We take a look at the Kings XI Punjab complete team, coaching staff and key players.
KXIP ended up spending a total of 67.4 crores from their available purse of 67.5 crores as they strengthened in all areas of their team. Having retained just one player in spinner Axar Patel they bought 20 players in the auction giving their team a completely new look. Looking to add depth to the top of their batting order, they ended up making India senior player KL Rahul the second highest paid Indian player at 11 crores. They made up the empty space left by the departure of Australian all-rounder Glen Maxwell to Delhi by snapping up the explosive Chris Gayle. He along with Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh and David Miller make Punjab’s batting line-up one of the most feared in the tournament. Balancing things they shored up their bowling attack as well after they got veteran spinner R.Ashwin for 7.6 crores and Andrew Tye for 7.2 crores.
Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin
With his old team Chennai Super Kings not opting for him after their return to the IPL, Punjab made most of a lost cause as they went all out to secure Ashwin’s services. Such is the faith they’ve placed in the successful bowler that they also announced him as their captain. Known to be one of the wildest and most clever spinners in the international circuit, Ashwin will be looking to bring his cricketing knowledge to his new role as captain too.
Coach: Virender Sehwag
Punjab also boasts of one of the best coaches in the IPL in Virender Sehwag. The ex Indian opener is known for his immense and vast cricketing nuance which will be a big asset for the Punjab side. Expect Punjab to reach the finals for the second time under his guidance.
Kings XI Punjab complete team :
Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Zadran, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, David Miller, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Singh Sran, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Dwarshuis, Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Manzoor Dar, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar
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