Team analysis: Kings Eleven Punjab



Kings XI Punjab is a cricket franchise based in Mohali. The team is currently captained by Sri Lanka’s captain-wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara who replaced Yuvraj Singh after the 2009 season. For the IPL3, an additional venue has been chosen at Dharamsala.


The first owners of the franchise included Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia (Bombay Dyeing), Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur). The group paid a total of $76 million to acquire the franchise.


There was rumor during 10 Feb that India’s premium manufacturer of 2-wheeled motorised vehicles – Hero Honda bought Indian Premier League Kings XI Punjab for a whopping US $ 260 million. However, no independent confirmation of this deal has been received from both the parties. Later on it was confirmed that the Hero Group had not acquired Kings XI Punjab.




2008 Season:


The tournament got off to a slow start for the Kings XI, with the team losing their first two games. However, despite losing Australians Brett Lee and Simon Katich, the team found its groove. Powered by their balanced bowling lineup and effective top order, the team won 9 of its next 10 matches, clinching a birth in the semi-final. In the semi-final, their run in the tournament came to an end with a comprehensive 9 wicket loss to the Chennai Super Kings.


2009 Season:


Finishing as semi-finalists during 2008, The Kings XI Punjab started with enormous ambitions to win the trophy. Their ambitions were supported by their new sponsors Emirates Airlines. With two available slots to fill The Punjab Kings made bids on Jerome Taylor and Yusuf Abdulla at the second IPL auctions.


The team took a hit as most of their Australian cricketers were not available. The team’s pace department did not have much fire in them after Jerome Taylor backed out at the last minute with a fresh injury.


The Punjab Kings started badly losing to the Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders, however got back to form by beating the Royal Challengers, Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians. Then the team witnessed a roller-coaster ride in their next eight matches with 4 wins and 4 losses. The team’s semi-final hopes were crushed after losing to the Chennai Super Kings in their last match


Owners: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Karan Paul & Mohit Burman

CEO: Neil Maxwell

Ambassador: Daler Mehndi

Manager: Col. Arvinder Singh



Players’ Profile:


1. Kumar Sangakkara:


Within months of breaking into the side at 22, Kumar Sangakkara became one of Sri Lanka’s most influential players: a highly talented left-handed strokemaker, a slick wicketkeeper, a sharp-eyed strategist and an even sharper-tongued sledger, capable of riling even the most unflappable characters.


Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Central Province, Colombo District Cricket Association, ICC World XI, Kandurata, Kings XI Punjab, Marylebone Cricket Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Warwickshire 

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

T20 Record: 61 Matches 1637 runs, 94 high score, and 32 catches



2. Yusuf Abdulla:


A stroke of misfortune to West Indian fast bowler Jerome Taylor – a vehicle accident – gave Abdulla a break in the IPL. He was signed up as a replacement by the Kings XI Punjab franchise for the 2009 season. It turned out to be a really smart move as he topped the wicket charts midway through the tournament and his feats earned a call-up to the ICC World Twenty20 squad. Punjab handed him a contract the following season for $50,000.


Major teams: South Africa, Dolphins, Kings XI Punjab, KwaZulu-Natal

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Left-arm fast-medium

T20 Record: 28 Matches and 50 wkts


3. Love Ablish:


Major teams: Chandigarh Lions, ICL India XI, Kings XI Punjab, Punjab

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium-fast

T20s Record: 12 Matches and 20 wkts


4. Amanpreet Singh:


Major teams: India Under-19s, Kings XI Punjab, Punjab

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium-fast


5. Adrian Barath:


Considered to be one of the most promising young batting talents in the Caribbean, Barath was playing in the Trinidad Under-13 team in 2001 and led the side in 2002. He broke into the U-15 side at 13 and played for three seasons. Barath made his first-class debut for Trinidad in January 2007, scoring 73 against Guyana and two centuries in successive matches against Leewards and Windwards Islands soon followed



Major teams: West Indies, Kings XI Punjab, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies Under-19s

Playing role: Opening batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

T20s Record: 5 Matches 121 runs and 63 high score


6. Bipul Sharma:


Major teams: Chandigarh Lions, Kings XI Punjab, North Zone, Punjab

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

T20s Record: 15 Matches 140 runs, 26* high score and 5 catches


7. Maninder Singh Bisla:


Maninder Singh Bisla (born December 27, 1984 in Hisar, Haryana), is an Indian cricketer. He is a wicket-keeper and right-handed batsman and usually opens the batting for his team. Bisla is one of the lesser known of the wicket-keeper/batsman that Indian cricket


Major teams: Deccan Chargers, Haryana, Haryana Under-19s, Himachal Pradesh, India Under-19s, Kings XI Punjab

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

T20s Record: 13 Matches 289 runs, 75* high score and 12 catches


8. Ravi Bopara:


Bopara earned a professional contract with Essex in 2002, and immediately established himself as a name for the future. He made his first-team debut the same year, playing three Championship matches before playing for England at the Under-19 World Cup in 2003. A top-order batsman, he can also chip in with some handy medium-pace bowling and he has been maturing with every match.


Major teams: England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Essex, Essex Cricket Board, Kings XI Punjab, Marylebone Cricket Club

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

T20s Record: 65 Matches 1225 runs, 84 high score and 39 wkts


9. Piyush Chawla:


Piyush Chawla is one for early impact. As a 15-year-old he represented India Under-19 and Uttar Pradesh U-22. Before he made his first-class debut, at 17, he had already bowled Sachin Tendulkar with a googly in a Challenger Series match. In his first first-class season, he took 35 wickets and scored 224 runs to help UP win their first Ranji Trophy. In his teens he played two Test matches too, against England and South Africa


Major teams: India, Air India, India Green, India Under-19s, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI, Sussex, Uttar Pradesh

Playing role: All-rounder

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak

T20S Record: 42 Matches 243 runs, 13 catches and 44 wkts



10. James Hopes:


James Hopes was earmarked for higher honours in national youth teams, but took a few years to settle once graduating to the first-class level. Over the past three seasons he has been a regular with the limited-overs squads and was a fixture in the first 20 ODIs of 2009, chipping in with 20 wickets and 381 runs, including his second half-century. A brisk medium-pacer whose aggressive and versatile batting is used at the top and lower reaches of the order, Hopes has secured a role as an evenly balanced allrounder.


Major teams: Australia, Kings XI Punjab, Queensland

Playing role: All-rounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

T20s Record: 43 Matches 752 runs, 71 high score and 32 wkts


11. Mahela Jayawardene:


A fine technician with an excellent temperament, Jayawardene’s exciting arrival in 1997 heralded the start of a new era for Sri Lanka’s middle order. His career reached new heights in 2006 when he was named captain, led a 5-0 one-day whitewash over England and then scored a Sri Lankan record 374 against South Africa at the SSC in Colombo. He added 624 for the third wicket with Kumar Sangakkara – a first-class record.


Jayawardene is the best batsman the island had produced since Sanath Jayasuriya (the man whose record Jayawardene took with his 374) and his rich talent fuelled towering expectations. Perhaps mindful of his first Test, when he went out to bat against India at Colombo in 1997 with the scoreboard reading 790 for 4, he soon developed an appetite for big scores. His 66 then was followed by a masterful 167 on a Galle minefield versus New Zealand in his fourth match. A marathon 242 against India followed in his seventh Test. However, after a prolific purple patch from 2000 to early-2002, his form became more patchy. His declining productivity in the one-day game was particularly alarming, although that was partly explained by his shuffling up and down the order. He suffered a run drought during the 2003 World Cup and was dropped immediately after. However, he soon regained his confidence and benefited from a stable batting position at No. 4 after the retirement of Aravinda de Silva. A good Test series against England was followed by a high-scoring run in 2004. He was appointed vice-captain of the one-day side for the second time in his career in 2003 and was named by the selectors as the heir to the captaincy after Marvan Atapattu’s current tenure.


Jayawardene was given a chance to show what he brought to the captaincy when Atapattu was hit by back problems and he was named captain for the 2006 tour of England. He produced a stunning double of 61 and 119 at Lord’s as Sri Lanka pulled off an amazing rearguard to save the match. The best, though, was still to come. After his 374 he struggled a little and fell into a slump, but as class players do he emerged in grand style and enjoyed a prolific series against England in December 2007.


His one-day captaincy reached a high when Sri Lanka made it to the final of the 2007 World Cup, slumped in the following months with inconsistent results and soared again after defeating India to claim the Asia Cup and the home Test series against the same team the following year.


In February 2009, he announced his resignation as captain following the 4-1 defeat in the home ODIs against India, saying the time was right for fresh leadership to take over.


Off the field he has won great admiration for his huge personal contribution to the HOPE cancer project.



Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Asia XI, Kings XI Punjab, Sinhalese Sports Club, Wayamba

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

T20s Record: 66 Matches 1331 runs, 91 high score and 32 catches


13. Mohammad Kaif:

Mohammad Kaif, who comes from the cricketing backwater of Uttar Pradesh, first came to prominence with his performances for India’s Under-19s: he captained the side, which also included Yuvraj Singh, Ajay Ratra and Reetinder Sodhi, that won the Youth World Cup of 2000.

Major teams: India, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, India Red, Kings XI Punjab, Leicestershire, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI, Rajasthan Royals, Uttar Pradesh

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

T20s Record: 31 Matches 471 runs, 59* high score and 14catches


14. Shaun Marsh:


Shaun Marsh spent a lot of time in the Australian set-up travelling with his father Geoff, the former opening batsman. The international grounding and a backyard net helped develop Marsh into one of the finest young batsmen in the country. It also gave him a taste of what he could expect on his first trips with the national team. He made a successful start to his ODI career when he opened in the West Indies in 2008 and won a late call-up into the Test squad to tour India later in the year.


Major teams: Australia, Kings XI Punjab, Western Australia

Playing role: Lower middle order batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

T20s Record: 34 Matches 1282 runs 115 high score and 11 catches


15. Irfan Khan:


Irfan Khan Pathan was considered by many, with reason, as the most talented swing and seam bowler to emerge from India since Kapil Dev. Within a couple of years in international cricket, he was thought of as a possible successor for Kapil in the allround department. When he made his Test debut in Australia in 2003-04, it was with the energy of a 19-year-old, but a composed nous that was striking even for one who had been specifically readied for the purpose via the A-team and age-group channels.


Major teams: India, Baroda, Kings XI Punjab, Middlesex

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Left-arm medium-fast

T20 Record: 58 Matches 626 runs, 60 high score and 65 wkts


16. Reetinder sodhi:


Reetinder Sodhi may not be the most abundantly talented youngster in the land but he makes up for that inadequacy by sporting a zealous, combative and industrious disposition. A hard hitting batsman, no-frills medium pacer and hyperactive fieldsman.


Major teams: India, Ahmedabad Rockets, Kings XI Punjab, Punjab

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

T20s Record: 9 Matches 33 runs and 5 wkts


17. Shreesanth:


Sreesanth was hardly anything more than an answer to a trivia question – who is the only Kerala bowler to have taken a Ranji Trophy hat-trick ? His rise, though, was rapid, and since he played for a weak side, unnoticed. Not too many bowlers get selected for the Duleep Trophy in their first season, like Sreesanth did in 2002-03 after snapping up 22 wickets in his first seven games.


Major teams: India, Asia XI, Kerala, Kerala Under-19s, Kings XI Punjab, Warwickshire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

T20 Record: 39 Matches 71 runs, and 37 wkts


18. Yuvraj Singh:


Yuvraj Singh is looked upon as a strong, fearless natural destined for great things. Two months short of his 19th birthday, he made an almost messianic entry into international cricket, toppling Australia in the Nairobi Mini-World Cup in 2000-01, with a blistering 84 and some scintillating fielding. In time he was to supplement these skills with clever, loopy left-arm spin. While Yuvraj’s ability to hit the ball long and clean were instantly recognised, he was soon found to be troubled by quality spin and perceived to lack commitment, traits for which he temporarily lost his place in the one-day side.


Major teams: India, Asia XI, Kings XI Punjab, Punjab, Yorkshire

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

T20 Record: 62 Matches 1463 runs, 71 high score and 25 wkts

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