IPL 9 Punjab
The Punjab team named the Kings XI Punjab is ready to go all guns blazing at the IPL 2016 which will be the 9th edition of the entertainment packed cricket league. This year, the KXIP is determined to turn things in their favor and win this year’s IPL trophy. Till now, they had qualified for the finals, that for only once in the last IPL tournament of 2015. The Mumbai team Mumbai Indians took home the IPL trophy last year. So hopes are high for Kings XI Punjab to win the trophy this year. The IPL 9 will start from 9th April, 2016 and will end on 29th May, 2016.
Owners and stake holders of Kings XI Punjab
ThePunjab team of IPL is Kings XI Punjab which is co – owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta along with Ness Wadia, Mohit Burban of Dabur India Ltd., the Oberoi group and also Karan Paul. Mohit holds the highest stake of 43 % in the team. Preity Zinta, being a famous Bollywood star brings the entertainment value in the team with her star power. IPL is an extravagant cricket tournament which is also called the cricketing festival of India.
Past performance in previous IPLs
The Kings XI Punjab started its journey from the opening edition of Indian Premier League, back in 2008. It has played all eight IPLs played so far. It is famous for having a star studded team but failing to perform on field. For the first time, in IPL 2015, they reached the final, otherwise in every past IPL series, they gave a dismal show. The team owners and management is confident of putting up a great show this year and bring the IPL trophy for the people of Punjab.
Home stadium of Punjab Kings XI
The home stadium of Kings XI Punjab is Punjab Cricket Academy Stadium which is situated in the heart of Mohali, Punjab. Kings XI Punjab will play the home matches here in this stadium which has a seating capacity of 26,000. There will be seven group stage matches to be played here. The rest will be decided after the announcement of the new IPL schedule.
Kings XI Punjab team set up for IPL 9
Kings XI has decided to play this year’s IPL under the coaching of Sanjay Bangar along with Virender Sehwag, who has confirmed of playing the part of mentor in the team. The Punjab team is keen to utilize the vast batting experience of Sehwag and have a good show this year. The KXIP has retained 14 players from last year and will purchase the remaining players from the auction that will hold on 6th Feb, 2016. Out of these 14 players retained, ten are Indian players where as four are oversees players. The owners are confident to make smart picks of players, both international and domestic, in the upcoming auction.
Indian Players in Kings XI Punjab with IPL statistics
A total of 14 players have been retained by the Kings XI Punjab team out of which 10 are Indian players. The major players who have also played for India in the International level are Murli Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha. Murli Vijay has played 86 IPL matches so far. He earlier used to play for the Delhi team. Then he transferred to the Chennai team. He was brought by the KXIP in last year’s IPL for 3 crore. Wridhhiman Saha is another experienced batsman cum wicket keeper with International exposure in Indian team. He was brought in 2014 by the KXIP who played 31 IPL matches under KXIP. He is the first player who has scored a ton in IPL final match.
Foreign players in Kings XI Punjab with their track record
There are four oversees players who were retained by the Kings XI Punjab team from last year. They are David Miller, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson. David Miller is a South African left handed batsman who has played 47 IPL matches so far with a total of 1319 runs and has an impressive strike rate of 147.54. He has got a century and 8 half centuries in IPL. Another player is Shaun Marsh who is a Australian left handed batsman with total of 2054 IPL runs so far with strike rate of 133.55. This includes one century and 17 half centuries. The next is Glenn Maxwell of Australia who is an all rounder. And the last one is Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson with 50 IPL wickets from 40 matches.
Current strategy of Kings XI Punjab regarding the IPL 9
The KXIP is desperate to turns things in their favor and finish the incomplete task of lifting the IPL 9 trophy this year, which remained unfinished last year. Last year it tasted defeat in the IPL 8 final match in the hands of Mumbai Indians. Their current strategy is to prepare a list of probable purchases to be done in the upcoming IPL player auction. The KXIP is a team with already four foreign players including on specialist bowler. So this time, they will want another specialist foreign bowler. In addition to this, they will want to purchase young as well as experienced players this time.
IPL 9 Kings X1 Punjab 2016 team Squad Players
There are 14 players that already played in last year’s IPL and are retained by team. This resulted Rs. 43 crore for the Punjab team. Now Punjab is left with 23 crore for going to the IPL auction. Here is the list of retained by the KXIP from last year:
|Sl. No.||Player retained||Matches||No. of IPL Seasons Spent in KXIP||Country|
|1||David Miller||47||4||South Africa|
|7||Shardul Narendra Thakur||1||1||India|
|11||Akshar Rajesh Patel||31||2||India|
|13||Nikhil Shankar Naik||–||1||India|
|14||Gurkeerat Singh Mann||21||4||India|
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