A look at what could be the best line-up to take the field for KXIP in IPL 2020.Saurabh
With Season 13 of the Dream11 Indian Premier League less than a week away, the Kings XI Punjab management would be busy with countless boardroom meetings and ideations- to pick the perfect XI for their opening clash of the tournament. The game against the Delhi Capitals is to be played on Sunday, September 20, but before that here’s a look at a few different combinations that could be opted by Anil Kumble and co. for the first game.
Middle da Riddle
The KXIP management made a few shrewd picks in and before the auctions, roping in Indian all-rounders like Deepak Hooda, Krishnappa Gowtham and Tajinder Singh. All of these players would be a good shout for the team’s lower middle order, alongside seasoned batsman Mandeep Singh. Another alternative for the team could be picking New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who offers a different dimension to his team with his seam bowling. Harpreet Brar and Prabhsimran Singh are two other local players who could be good options to play those cameo roles in the slog overs.
Spin da King
With the IPL being played in the UAE, Kings XI Punjab could benefit from their plethora of choices in their spin department. Murugan Ashwin was the second most economical bowler in the 2019 IPL edition, and Mujeeb ur Rahman was the second highest wicket-taker in the 2020 CPL edition. The team further bulked up their spin department by adding Jagadeesha Suchith and Ravi Bishnoi, alongside having part-timers like Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar and Glenn Maxwell.
‘Seam’ de la crème
In the fast bowling front, KXIP have recent acquisitions Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Jordan and last season’s sensation Hardus Viljoen in terms of overseas picks. While all three might not be able to play together on most occasions, the team is also well stocked with Mohammad Shami, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh and Darshan Nalkande giving the selectors a happy headache.
Prabhsimran Singh (wk)
KL Rahul (c and wk)
KL Rahul (c)
KL Rahul (c)
Nicholas Pooran (wk)
Mujeeb ur Rahman
NOTE: The aforementioned line-ups are an educated guess at best, and the final decision rests with the captain and the team management depending on various external factors.
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