Despite the odds, will IPL 2020 be a crowning glory for Kings XI Punjab?
It is said in cricket that the game isn’t over till the last ball is bowled, as the game can swing either ways. And yesterday’s (September 27) IPL 2020 match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab is a classic example of this. Rajasthan Royals looked like a goner, facing a steep score of 51 runs off 18 balls, when Rahul Tewatia scored a blistering 6 sixes in an astonishing turnaround that will be talked about for a long time to come. Thus, denying Kings XI Punjab their second win in the tournament this year despite putting up a high total of 226 for 6.
The IPL crown has evaded Kings XI Punjab so far as the team has always fallen a tad short of victory.
Kings XI Punjab has lost 2 of their first 3 games and the season hasn’t begun on a great note for them. The squad of Kings XI Punjab looks like a balanced one, with a mix of youngsters like KL Rahul and experienced players like Chris Gayle and Glenn Maxwell.
Kings XI Punjab hasn’t really shown much strength over the last 13 editions of the IPL. The franchise has managed to make it to the playoffs twice. In the first year of the IPL, the team held the 3rd spot as semi-finalists.
The team is jointly owned Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta and Karan Paul, who have always managed to get quality players to the franchise, but somehow the team has never been strong as a unit. Anil Kumble is the coach of the team for this season, who is expected to show the team the highs they deserve.
Here are some interesting team statistics of the Kings XI Punjab:
Matches Played - 176
Matches Won - 82
Matches lost - 94
Highest Total - 232/2, Against Royal Challengers Bangalore
Most Runs Scored - Shaun Marsh, 2477 in 69 Innings
Most Wickets Taken - Piyush Chawla, 84 Wickets in 87 Innings
Highest Scores - Virender Sehwag, 122 Runs
Best Bowling Figures - Ankit Rajpoot, 5/14 Against Sunrisers Hyderabad
Like the other IPL franchise teams, Kings XI Punjab has also managed to get an impressive roster of sponsors on board for this season. The list includes Title Sponsors - Ebix Cash, Principle Sponsor - Dream11, Jio, Royal Stag, Boat and also brands like Coca-Cola and Colgate.
The team’s social media is very well focused on behind the scenes footage, which will gladden the hearts of any cricket fan. They also have special interviews along with match pictures on their social media spaces.
Here are a few interesting posts:
While Kings XI Punjab might not be a favourite to win the IPL crown this year, this team certainly looks capable on paper. Players like Glenn Maxwell and KL Rahul are vital to the core of any team, and while Kings XI Punjab has the potential, will they be able to surprise everyone and lift the trophy this year? It’s a wait and watch.