Kings XI Punjab was one of the favorites to do better in this year’s IPL season. Indian Premier League which was hit due to pandemic was rescheduled for 18-Sep and the many players also withdrew due to the health and safety concerns from the IPL season.
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IPL 2020 is held in U.A.E instead of India this year. Players withdrawal from the season has also hurt several franchises, who had to change plans and make adjustments accordingly.
Big impact players such as Jason Roy, Lasith Malinga, Harbajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney and Chris Woakes withdrew from the IPL season 2020 before the start of the tournament.
Kings XI Punjab was surprisingly one team that was not hit by the player withdrawal issues and all their Foreign players were willing to come and play for the team. Players like Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, and Jimmy Neesham all agreed to come and play for Punjab (KXIP) and the team was termed as one of the favorites to win the tournament, but it didn’t go as well as anticipated.
Kings XI Punjab has lost 6 match out of their 7 matches. They only won against RCB. This means that they theoretically have to win each and every game from here to create an outside change of qualifying in to the Playoffs.
How did this KXIP disaster happened let us take a look at that.
KXIP has KL Rahul up top with Mayank Agarwal. These are ones who have been doing the bulk of scoring most of the times for KXIP. but as we do down number 2, the players have not been giving good performances due to bad form. A lot was expected of Pooran, and specially Maxwell but both are having a very poor IPL Season.
Glenn Maxwell and Chris Gayle were expected to be the power battery of the team but Maxwell is having one of his worst form patch in IPL. on the other hand Chris Gayle was out due to injury. He has recovered now but is it too late already? Yes it is.
Jimmy Neesham from New Zealand was there to lead the young bowling attack but he too has proved to be ineffective this season under U.A.E batsmen friendly conditions.
Mid Season Player Transfer from KXIP
Kings XI Team has decided to proceed with the mid season transfer of players and apart from their captain KL Rahul and the top order opener Mayank Agarwal all players have been offered for the Transfer/Mid season trade of players.
Here is the List of KXIP Players for the Mid Season transfer.
- Chris Gayle (Overseas)
- Murugan Ashwin
- Harpreet Brar
- Ishan Porel
- Hardus Viljoen (Overseas)
- Prabhsimran Singh
- Tajinder Singh
- Deepak Hooda
- Arshdeep Singh
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Overseas)
- Darshan Nalkande
- Jagadeesha Suchith
- Krishnappa Gautam
High Value players of KXIP such as Chris Gayle and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are also offered for transfer. Lets see which transfers do we see this season and how KXIP improves upon their performances. Lets hope for the best for KXIP franchise.
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