Kings XI Punjab is one of the few teams that have struggled in the Indian Premier League on a consistent basis. Which is why it wasn’t surprising to see them going all-out in the IPL 2018 auction, Virender Sehwag flanked by Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia adopted a very aggressive approach this year. The management kept going for one player after another and though they missed quite a few of them, we have to say that KXIP have managed to create a very competitive and dangerous squad.
Having retained only all-rounder Axar Patel, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) knew that they had to go big in the auction if they are going to challenge for the trophy this season. In the end, they not only bought quality Indian players like Yuvraj Singh and KL Rahul but also managed to pick quite a few overseas players who can be game changers for IPL 2018. Heavyweights like Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dwarshuis and Andrew Tye joined the franchise for the 11th season. It will be a tough task for Virender Sehwag and Brad Hodge to decide which 4 overseas players will be in the playing XI for IPL 2018.
Here we put together a list of 4 overseas players who are most likely to start for Kings XI Punjab in their opening group match:
With the franchise recruiting KL Rahul for INR 11 crores one opening slot has been confirmed. The 2nd openers slot will have to decide between Aaron Finch and Chris Gayle, who surprising was picked at his base price only for the third time of asking. The Australian opener was however bought for INR 6.2 crores. With Gayle still not showing consistency at the top of the order, one feels that KXIP might just go with Aaron Finch for the first few games and see how he is doing opening batting. With the foreign players they have got this time, they can afford to chip and chop according to the opposition and ground conditions. Finch is also one of the contenders to take up the captaincy in the team.
A veteran in the IPL now, David Miller has spent the last 5 seasons playing for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), who again managed to get him in the auction this time with a bid of INR 3 crores. He will play a very important role in the middle order, where he has over the past seasons played some truly brilliant knocks, most being match winning ones. Miller is a power hitter, who can increase his teams total by 30-40 runs in the final few overs. Apart from his talent with the bat, the South African international is also a brilliant fielder, inside the circle and also on the boundary line. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will be glad to see him back in the dressing room.
One feels that the Australians will mostly dominate the foreign quota in the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) team. Marcus Stoinis, an Australian international has been making quite a bit of wave in world cricket, especially with his performances recently for his national team and his Big Bash franchise. Stoinis is a very useful bowler to give the team 4 good overs, and along with he can strike some big blows over the rope during the final few overs of the innings. In his recent performances, he has shown that his batting is improving at a considerable rate which makes him one of the hottest property in T20 cricket.
Another Australian in the list, Andrew Tye is currently the best fast bowler in the T20 cricket. Which is why it wasn’t surprising to see most of the teams going hammer tongs to get the 31-year-old and in the end Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) out trumped everyone with a bid of 7.3 crores. It was pretty surreal when Andrew Tye scalped 5 English wickets in the 5th ODI just minutes before his name came up in the auction. He will be leading the Kings XI Punjab’s bowling unit and will be itching to put his lethal knuckleball to use.