IPL 2012: The Kings of Punjab
A team that has never looked like challenging for the title in recent times. Captain Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty's late efforts helped them turn around their results in the latter half of the season. They will look to be off the blocks early this time and surprise everyone but for that they will need their key players to fire. A look.
A team that has never looked good enough to challenge for the title in recent times. Captain Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty's late efforts helped them turn around their results in the latter half of IPL 4. This time they will look to be off the blocks early and surprise everyone but for that they will need their key players to fire. A look.
At the helm is dynamic skipper Adam Gilchrist. The man known for his ability to send the ball a long way is just as agile behind the stumps. He led by example last season and will look to do the same this time.
Shaun Marsh made his name in the first season of IPL and has been one of the exciting prospects ever since. The left hander who was one of the very few Australian batsman to have a torrid time in India's tour to Australia, is always at his best in IPL.
His knocks in IPL 4 pushed Paul Valthaty from anonymity to fame and Punjab went from languishing at the bottom to finishing a creditable fifth. He now has the chance to show that his performance was not a mere flash in the pan.
The Kings XI middle order is strengthened by the presence of David Hussey. Known to be a good finisher, he can provide that extra boost, scoring crucial runs during the latter stages. He was Australia's most consistent batsman in the CB Series that the hosts won.
Abhishek Nayar is a cricketer who plays within his limitations. His ability to chip in runs in difficult situations and useful bowling skills make him an asset for the Kings XI Punjab.
Sunny Singh first attracted attention when he single-handedly propelled Haryana to the Ranji Elite Division for the 2010-11 season. Known to play a wide range of shots Sunny can become a bowler's nightmare if he is in his zone. Kings XI will look to him for a substantial contributions in the middle-order.
Azhar Mahmood has the reputation of scoring briskly and is also a handy bowler. The former Pakistani cricketer, who now holds a British passport, will certainly bolster the Punjab side which has looked short of quality all rounders.
England's bowling spearhead and T20 captain Stuart Broad is a new addition for the Kings XI. Should he strike early, they can peg back the batting side early on. His capable lower-order batting will be an added bonus.
Praveen Kumar has the knack of taking a wicket when it really matters. He will have to be at his best for Punjab to be able to contain their opponents and remain in contention in matches.
A good option with the new ball, Ryan Harris has a reputation of taking wickets quickly and consistently. With crucial breakthroughs from him, Punjab can hope to get an early advantage in matches.
Piyush Chawla with his leg spin should be a handful on the turning Indian pitches. He can create doubts in the mind of batsmen and will also help to stem the run-rate.