KXIP Team 2018 Players List, Captain, Coach, Kings XI Punjab squad in IPL 2018

KXIP TEAM 2018 PLAYERS LIST: KINGS XI PUNJAB SQUAD, IPL 2018 KXIP PLAYERS LIST, KXIP CAPTAIN 2018, KXIP COACH 2018

Come IPL 2018 and the Preity Zinta-owned Kings XI Punjab Team will be looking to seal their first ever Indian Premier League title this season. As per KXIP Schedule 2018, they will take the field against the Delhi Daredevils on 8th April to kick-start their IPL 2018 journey. Probably the most inconsistent team in the IPL, KXIP have failed to live up to the expectations on many occasions over the past 10 years of Indian Premier League. However, they had an excellent round of auction back in January, which has enabled the refurbished KXIP team 2018 to put together a squad full of experienced T20 cricket stars capable of winning matches single-handedly. Kings XI Punjab’s 2018 players list includes the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis. Former Australian batsman Brad Hodge will be KXIP coach 2018, while Ravi Ashwin will be KXIP captain 2018, apart from a well-equipped KXIP team 2018 players list.

IPL 2018: KXIP Captain 2018

A lot of eyebrows were raised when Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin was handed the responsibilities for Kings XI Punjab, making the Team India veteran spinner KXIP coach 2018, following his purchase at the IPL 2018 auction. Ashwin who has played over 100 ODI’s for India, was expected to continue for CSK in the 11th season but KXIP managed to outbid them successfully. This will be Ashwin’s first stint as KXIP Captain 2018 in IPL, one that promises to be a thrilling one following the squad building that has gone on for the last 3 months. The KXIP 2018 Players List now boasts of an excellent KXIP Captain 2018 in Ashwin, and a veteran cricketer as KXIP Coach 2018. Let us have a look at complete 2018 KXIP Team 2018.

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IPL 2018: KXIP Coach 2018

After a disappointing couple of seasons in charge of the Gujarat Lions, KXIP Coach 2018 Brad Hodge will now be taking charge of the the Mohali-based team for the upcoming IPL 2018 season. The 43-year-old has tons of experience playing in the shortest format of cricket, and will have the likes of Virender Sehwag, who is KXIP Team 2018 Head of cricket operations and strategy, to advise the KXIP coach 2018 in times of need. Former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad will be the bowling coach for Kings XI Punjab Team.

IPL KXIP Team 2018

The KXIP 2018 Players List has been segregated into Indian and foreign players, as below.

Indian players in Kings XI Punjab Team:

IPL 2018 players list is dominated by Indian cricketers, which was a fact reiterated by Virender Sehwag, who has tipped this Kings XI Punjab Team to win IPL 2018 and secure their maiden title this year.

S. No INDIAN PLAYERS
1 Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain)
2 Yuvraj Singh
3 KL Rahul
4 Karun Nair
5 Axar Patel
6 Mayank Agarwal
7 Ankit Rajpoot
8 Manoj Tiwary
9 Mohit Sharma
10 Barinder Sran
11 Akshdeep Nath
12 Pardeep Sahu
13 Mayank Dagar
14 Manzoor Dar

Foreign players in Kings XI Punjab Team

S. No FOREIGN PLAYERS
1 Chris Gayle (West Indies)
2 Aaron Finch (Australia)
3 David Miller (South Africa)
4 Marcus Stoinis (Australia)
5 Ben Dwarshuis (Australia)
6 Andrew Tye (Australia)
7 Mujeeb Zadran (Afghanistan)

There is no doubt that Kings XI Punjab will enter IPL 2018 as one of the favourites given the explosive batting line-up they have managed to put together this season. However, the team with many superstars has struggled to find the chemistry many a times in the past and the most important thing for KXIP will be to get a good start to the tournament to keep the confidence in the squad high. In Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch and David Miller, the Kings XI Punjab team also has plenty of Orange Cap contenders for IPL 2018 in there.

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KXIP Team 2018: Kings XI Punjab Squad Analysis

For Kings XI Punjab, their biggest strength going into IPL 2018 will be the balance that the owners have managed to bring into the squad following a very successful auction round. Apart from a batting line-up that has the ability to blow away any opposition on their day, IPL KXIP team 2018 players list also has a very strong bowling line-up which has the likes of Mohit Sharma, Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran and Axar Patel.

Chris Gayle who was surprisingly not picked up in the first 2 rounds of the auction was very smartly picked up by Kings XI Punjab in the 3rd time of asking. The West Indian might have lost a bit of his zing in the last 2 years but still remains a true match winner on the day he gets going. KXIP have tons of option to choose from when it comes to the opening pair, hence whatever opportunity Gayle gets in IPL 2018, he must make full use of it.

One look at the KXIP player list 2018, it’s hard to find any weakness in their team as such but that is where the problem might arise from. Complancy has brought the downfall of many great teams in the past and with 0 titles to their name till now, Kings XI Punjab will do well to stay focused for the whole duration of the tournament. The other concern for the management will be picking the starting XI before every match given the options that they have in the squad, it will be very hard to pick 4 overseas player.

Dropping players for one or two matches is fine but a long run on a bench could seriously damage the confidence of a player for the time that his services are actually required.

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