Kings XI Punjab: IPL 2019 Team Profile

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:17 AM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019 4:17 AM UTC

Early pacesetters need to be calmer in the race for IPL 2019 and could squeeze into play-offs

<h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Kings XI Punjab 2019 Team Profile</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Coach: </strong>Mike Hesson<br /><strong>Captain:</strong> Ravi Ashwin<br /><strong>IPL title wins:</strong> 0<br /><strong>IPL play-off appearances:</strong> 2<br /><strong>IPL title odds:</strong> 10/1 (9.0) </span></span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Kings of failure</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Kings XI have been reliably bad in all but two years. Last year, they threatened to make fools of us all when they looked home and hosed for a play-off spot. They won five of their first six matches. They were cruising. With eight games to go they needed only two more triumphs to qualify. Guess how many of those wins they got? One. They are hard to trust. It is arguable that Indian Premier League odds of 10/1 are not big enough.</span></span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Rahul rages alone</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The problem for Kings last year was that their batting was too reliant on KL Rahul. Rahul was, in short, scoring all of their runs. He piled on 659 of them. And while Chris Gayle supported him at the start, his form faded. A particular nadir was Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in game 48. They were rolled for 88 having been 41 for one at one stage. </span></span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">And yet…</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The big question about Kings is this: can they improve by one win? Or: can they avoid another meltdown. They just need to be a bit more solid this time. The Kings XI bowling, for example, definitely is. Mohammad Shami should form a terrific partnership with top wicket-taker AJ Tye.</span></span></p><p><img alt src="" style="width:600px;height:338px;" /></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Kings XI Punjab Squad 2019 breakdown</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Openers:</strong> KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle<br /><strong>Middle-order Batsmen:</strong> Karun Nair, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan<br /><strong>Wicketkeepers:</strong> Nic Pooran, Prab Singh<br /><strong>Allrounders:</strong> Agni Ayachi, Varun Chakravarthy, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Sam Curran<br /><strong>Wristspinners:</strong> Mujeeb Ur Rahman, M Ashwin<br /><strong>Fingerspinners:</strong> R Ashwin<br /><strong>Fast Bowlers:</strong> Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammad Shami </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide">Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide</a> </span></span></p><h2>Related articles:</h2><ul> <li><strong><a data-reactid="." href="" target="_blank">Chennai Super Kings: IPL 2019 Team Profile</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a data-reactid="." href="" target="_blank">Rajasthan Royals: IPL 2019 Team Profile</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a data-reactid="." href="" target="_blank">Delhi Capitals: IPL 2019 Team Profile</a></strong></li></ul>
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