The mystery spinner, who has played 9 list A matches and has bagged 22 wickets, should make his IPL debut this season.
Except for making the playoffs in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and reaching the finals in 2014, the Kings XI Punjab has put up up one dismal performance after the other. The Preity Zinta-owned side will look to change that this year. They have let go of a number of players in order to improve their squad and performance.
Kings XI team released Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Akshdeep Nath, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar, and Pardeep Sahu. This ensured that the management went into the IPL 2019 auction with a heavy purse.
Ravichandran Ashwin will once again be in charge of the side and will be hoping to have a better season than last year. The Punjab team is packed with stars like Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and David Miller to name a few. The side will expect these big names to deliver and put up big totals on a regular basis.
The advantage of having a heavy purse has helped the management in buying a lot of young players. Ravichandran Ashwin will have Mujeeb-ur Rahman and Varun Chakravarthy as the spinners alongside him. These two players along with Ashwin can be the backbone of the Punjab bowling attack. Varun Chakravarthy set the 2019 auction on fire and was finally bagged by the Punjab team for Rs 8.4 crores. The mystery spinner, who has played 9 list A matches and has bagged 22 wickets, should make his IPL debut this season.
English all-rounder Sam Curran has also been added to the Kings XI Punjab side after his sensational show against India in the Test series. Curran has never played in the IPL before and could be the player to watch out for in this year’s IPL. With both the batting and bowling bases covered, Kings XI will fancy their chances to lift the IPL trophy this season.
Kings XI Punjab Squad: Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Sam Curran, David Miller, Mayank Agarwal, Varun Chakravarthy, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Murugan Ashwin, ,Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Moises Henriques, Nicholas Pooran.