Players Bought, Retained, and Released by Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab bought 9 players in the auction for the Indian Premier League 2020. They did reasonably well in the auction as they addressed the existing weak points of their squad and worked on them.
Here are the players that they signed:
Glenn Maxwell – 10.75 crore
Sheldon Cottrell – 8.5 crore
Deepak Hooda – 50 lakh
Ishan Porel – 20 lakh
Ravi Bishnoi – 2 crore
James Neesham – 50 lakh
Chris Jordan – 3 crore
Tajinder Dhillon – 20 lakh
Prabhsimran Singh – 55 lakh
Full squad: KL Rahul (Captain), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh
Filling the gaps
Going into the auction, KXIP had the biggest purse at INR 42.7 crore and used it very well to fill up the gaps. They needed a proper all-rounder and got that in the form of James Neesham.
The Kiwi star was one of the best players of the World Cup 2019 as his batting and bowling made him the star of the tournament. He provides Punjab with a genuine seam-bowling option, which is highly valuable in T20s.
And for just INR 50 lakh, he could turn out to be the bargain buy of the season.
Meanwhile, they further strengthened their middle order with the purchase of Deepak Hooda. The former Sunrisers batsman can bat anywhere in the middle order, which means that the Punjab outfit have a floater in the side who can also come in handy with the ball.
The most expensive buy
Glenn Maxwell turned out to be the team’s most expensive buy and his record in India is one of the reasons why. The Australian is an exceptional hitter of the ball as he can score on all parts of the ground.
He can bat anywhere from 3 to 7 but Punjab would be wise to put him in as early as possible since Maxwell can change the complexion of any game if given the adequate time. In addition to his batting abilities, he also doubles up as a handy off-spinner.
Pace department improved
Punjab made some serious improvements in their pace department with the purchases of Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Jordan and Ishan Porel. The West Indian left-hand pacer has the ability to swing the ball, which will come in handy in the Indian Premier League.
Cottrell is a fine T20 bowler, someone who can pick up wickets at regular intervals, which is what makes him a devastating addition to the Punjab side. Meanwhile, Chris Jordan might not be the best of pacers in the world but he is still a player who gives it his all on the pitch.
Jordan is an excellent fielder, provides four overs with the ball and can also do a pinch-hitter’s job in the lower order – and that is as complete a package as Punjab could have got.
Meanwhile, Ishan Porel finally found a team for himself in the IPL. According to Anil Kumble, the former U19 World Cup winner is a backup for Mohammad Shami as he now finally has a chance to show what he is capable of.
Ravi Bishnoi, Tajinder Singh and Prabhsimran Singh are the other three players bought by the Kings XI. Both Tajinder Singh and Prabhsimran Singh provide decent cover for the batting lineup and could come in handy as the season progresses.
Meanwhile, Bishnoi could be an ace in the sleeve for the Punjab outfit. He is a leg-spinner who could turn out to be a mystery factor for his side. And given how IPL has been the birthplace of so many great wrist-spinners, it wouldn’t be shocking to see another one rising to the limelight.
In conclusion, Punjab have made some quality buys in the auction and would love to see how they fare up in the tournament. They have addressed the problems in their squad and could expect a good outing in the next edition of the IPL.