Sunday, April 2, 2017

IPL 2017 Team Preview - Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab have had a wretched time in IPL finishing last in each of the last two editions of the league. Their big ticket players in Maxwell, Vijay, Miller and others have failed to perform consistently which has meant that the team has always been under pressure.

Key Players - Punjab decided to hand over the captains arm band to 'The Big Show' Maxwell for IPL 2017 and a lot will indeed depend on how Maxi goes right through the tournament. With Murli Vijay & Martin Guptill set to miss the initial games due to injury, Maxwell along with Miller and Morgan become the fulcrum around which the Punjab team will revolve.

Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel will be the key Indian players in their set up along with Manan Vohra who can give blistering starts at the top of the order.

Injury Tracker - Murli Vijay and Martin Guptill will both miss initial games due to injury. It is not yet clear when they will be available.

Fantasy Cricket Pick - Marcus Stoinis
Stoinis is coming off a pretty successful Big Bash League season and played a stellar role for the Australia ODI team. He can fetch points in both the batting and bowling department and can be a great pick of he gets going.

Fantasy Cricket Wildcard Pick - 'The Sharmas'
Mohit and Sandeep Sharma will once again shoulder the responsibility of opening the bowling for the Kings. They have thus far bowled superbly in pair both at the start and at the death.

My Prediction - Punjab have a lot of players who can boom or bust in a second and that's the exact reason why this team fails so often. Their batting looks good on paper but they look thin in the spin department to me which might come to haunt them. I think they will, unfortunately, miss the playoffs once again.

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