Sangakkara banned for slow over-rate

 By: Meenal Johari (Agra) The already languishing team of Kings XI Punjab was dealt with a further blow after their fifth loss in the tournament on Saturday when the captain Kumar Sangakkara received a ban for one match due to the slow over-rate of his side. The declaration regarding the ban was made by IPL chief executive Sundar Raman on his Twitter page as "KXIP slow on over rate again tonight. Sanga (Sangakkara) banned for 1 game" shortly after Kolkata Knight Riders’ thumped a comprehensive victory over Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. This was the third time round in just six matches of the tournament when Sangakkara was found guilty of not completing the overs on time. The captain was earlier found guilty for falling short of the completion of overs on time along with three other captains Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir after the first three games of the third edition of IPL where each of the captains faced a fine of $20,000. The second offense brought a fine of $40,000 for Sangakkara, being a repeat-offender, on March 24 following the clash against the Rajasthan Royals where each of the Punjab team-members also received a fine of $10,000 for the same reason. Falling at the hands of the IPL’s strict policy in dealing with the captains for slow over-rates for the third time invited a harsh punishment for Sangakkara which resulted in a ban for one match. For a team seated at the bottom of the points table with five defeats in six games and struggling hard to climb the rungs of the points table, this one-match ban for their captain shall definitely add to Punjab's woes which is all set to face the table-toppers Mumbai Indians in their next IPL encounter this season on March 30. … [Read more...]

Stake sale in Punjab Kings eleven?

 With two new teams, Kochi and Pune, attracting well over $300 million at Sunday’s auction, existing eight team owners can look forward to similar valuations when they sell part of their stakes. While there have been talks of Kings XI selling stake for some time, this is the first time that Mr Wadia has accepted the intent of the franchise owners to sell part of the company. The Kings XI team is currently co-owned by Ness Wadia of Bombay Dyeing, actor Preity Zinta, Mohit Burman of Dabur and Karan Paul of the Apeejay Surendera Group. “We are open to selling stake if we feel that there are investors who can bring in not only financial but also strategic value to the business,” Ness Wadia said, after weeks of denying stake sale talks. For him, a good valuation is close to $300 million.  “I would say a good value to be somewhere around $250-300 million and it (stake sale) also depends on who the investor would be,” the Bombay Dyeing group heir told ET in Mohali. At least three Indian Premier League teams are reportedly considering stake sale to cash in on the enormous marketing success of the twenty20 tournament, now that their three-year lock-in period is close to get over.  Mr Wadia also says that the franchise may look at trading high-performance players at a premium to get return on investments. “Apart from enhancing raw talent from the grass roots to a level they can be traded, we will also look at trading players that we own now at a higher value to generate monetary returns to the franchise,” says Mr Wadia. Shortly after the high bidding for Pune and Kochi last week, there had been speculation that promoters of Kings XI Punjab were seeking to exit. Kings XI Punjab had gone under the hammer three years ago for $76 … [Read more...]

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. Performance: 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. … [Read more...]

Kings Eleven Punjab

Punjab kings eleven team

  Punjab Kings Eleven will play in IPL 4 by betting on unknown young cricketers from Punjab, HP, Maharashtra and Gujarat. But, it has very good Australian  stars in the line-up. It will be a big surprise if this team reaches elimination round. Congrats to team management for encouraging young Indian talent.   IPL Mohali Franchisee Profile:   Team Name: Kings Eleven Punjab  IPL entry: 2008  Franchisee owners: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia & Mohit Burman   Official website:  Official Facebook page:   Stadium: PCA stadium, Mohali   Mohali IPL T20 Cricket team profile:    Coach: Michael Bevan (Australia)  Bowling coach: Jason Gillespie (Australia)  Captain: Adam Gilchrist (Australia)  Highlight: One of the worst performing teams in IPL along with Kolkata Knightriders   Kings Eleven Punjab squad for IPL 2011:   S.NoCricketer NameCountryPrice     Batsmen:      1.Shaun Marsh Australia 1.8 crore 2.David Hussey Australia 6.3 crore 3.   4.Paras Dogra Himachal Pradesh  5.Mandeep Singh Jalandhar  6.Siddharth Chitnis Maharashtra  7.Sunny Singh Haryana  8. Paul … [Read more...]

2008 IPL Team analysis: Punjab Kings

 Mohali boasts of best stadium and one of the fastest pitches in India. This franchise failed to buy its local hero, Harbhajan Singh, which will spoil its fortunes in crucial matches. Brett Lee and Irfan Pathan are crucial to the fortunes of Mohali team. Preity Zinta bagged most eye balls on the eve of Indian Premier League auction with her innocent look and good costumes. Will Mohali IPL team succeed like its owner? It needs to rope in big hitters among young recruits to increase its odds to win inagural Indian Premier League ywenty20 tournament. Mohali IPL cricket Team review:   Rating: 3.5/5Franchise: Preity Zinta and Nes Wadia  Coach: Tom Moody (Australia).  Money spent on players: 18.4 crore.       Strong points:   1. Strong middle order batting. 2. Yuvraj Singh- World class twenty20 batsman. 3. Simon Katich is a good strategist in the Australian domestic league. 4. Brett Lee-World best fast bowler. 5. Irfan Pathan- Reliable all-rounder. 6. Good coach. Weak points: 1. Who will open the innings? 2. Sreesanth is not a reliable option.  Mohali IPL cricket team: 1. Yuvraj Singh – Captain and Icon.  2. Kumara Sangakkara- Sri Lanka- 2.8 crore.   3. Mahela Jayawardene- Sri Lanka- 1.9 crore.  4. Ramnaresh Sarwan- West Indies- 0.9 crore. 5. Simon Katich- Australia- 0.8 crore. 6. Irfan Pathan- India- 3.7 crore- Most crucial player. 7. Brett Lee- Australia- 3.6 crore- wise investment.8. Piyush Chawla- India- 1.6 crore. 9. Romesh Powar- India- 0.65 crore.     Verdict: Mohali IPL team may reach semi-finals and this team may surprise favourites as most … [Read more...]

2008 IPL Team analysis: Mumbai Indian IPL team

 Mumbai failed to bid aggressively during Indian Premier League cricket auction. It even failed to buy its good players like Robin Sharma. I failed to understand its subdued bidding strategy in the IPL auction. It may build a young team by roping in good young cricketers. Mukhesh Ambani's Reliance Retail won the Mumbai Franchise by outbidding Anil Ambani's ADAG. According to sources, Mukhesh Ambani has some big plans for his Mumbai IPL team. One thing is sure, Reliance will never do things on small scale.  Mumbai Indians IPL Team review: Rating: 3.5/5. Coach: Lalchand Rajput. Franchise: Reliance Retail (Mukhesh Ambani). Money spent on players: Rs 15.2 crore.  Strong Points: 1. Sachin Tendulkar- God of Indian Cricket.  2. Strong top order.  3. Harbhajan Singh- Best 20-20 spinner.  4. Shaun Pollock- Great all-rounder.  5. Robin Uthappa- Strong twenty20 cricketer. Weak points: 1. Weak middle order batting.  2. Inexperienced wicketkeepers.  Mumbai IPL Team: 1. Sachin Tendulkar- Captain and Icon.2. Sanath Jayasuriya- Sri Lanka- 3.9 crore.3. Robin Uthappa- India- 3.2 crore.4. Bosman- 0.69 crore.5. Shaun Pollock- South Africa- 2.2 crore.6. Harbhajan Singh- India- 3.4 crore.7. Lasith Malinga- Sri Lanka- 1.4 crore.8. Dilhara Fernando- Sri Lanka- 0.6 crore.  Young recruits: 1. Abhishek Nayyar- Mumbai All-rounder.2. Ajinkya Rahane- Mumbai Opener and future hope.3. Yogesh Takawale- Wicket Keeper.  4. Pinal Shah- Wicket Keeper. Verdict: Unlike Laxman and Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar failed to guide Reliance Franchise in building a strong … [Read more...]

Indian Premier League auction results: Fourth round

 Pakistan sensation Shahid Afridi was bought by Hyderabad team while Mohali team bought Sreesanth. Jacques Kallis is the sought after player in the fourth round and was bought by Bengaluru team. Sensational West Indies opener Chris Gayle was bought by Kolkata team. Fourth round auction results: 1. Herschelle Gibbs – Hyderabad – 2.3 crore. 2. Jacques Kallis – Bengaluru team – 3.6 crore. 3. Shoaib Malik – Delhi – 2 crore. 4. Shahid Afridi – Hyderabad – 2.7 crore. 5. Stephan Fleming – Chennai – 1.9 crore. 6. Zaheer Khan – Bengaluru team – 1.8 crore. 7. S. Sreesanth – Mohali team – 2.5 crore. 8. Chris Gayle – Kolkata – 3.2 crore. 9. Md. Asif – Delhi – 2.6 crore. 10. Graeme Smith – Jaipur – 1.9 crore. 11. Younis Khan – Jaipur – 90 lakhs. Please share your opinion on this auction process. … [Read more...]

DLF IPL Cricket auction: second and third rounds

 Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya was captured by Mumbai for Rs. 3.9 crore in the second round auction of Indian premier League cricket. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Andrew Symonds are top paid players in the DLF Indian Premier League auction. No one is bidded for McGrath and Md.Yousuf. Second round IPL auction: 1. Harbhajan Singh – Mumbai team – 3.4 crore. 2. Sanath Jayasuriya – Mumbai team – 3.9 crore. 3. Anil Kumble – Bengaluru – 2 crore. 4. Kumara Sangakkara – Mohali – 2.8 crore. 5. Glenn McGrath – Reserve category. 6. Md. Yousuf – Reserve category.  Third round auction results: Andrew Symonds become the second highest paid bidder in the Indian Premier League auction who was bought by Hyderabad for a whopping sum of 5.4 crore. Australian speedster Brett Lee was bought by Mohali team for 3.6 crore. New Zealand cricketers Jacob oram and McCullum surprised analysts by getting better bids than Ricky Ponting and Hayden. No one is bidded for Michael Hussey! 1. Ricky Ponting – Kolkata – 1.6 crore. 2. Brett Lee – Mohali – 3.6 crore. 3. Andrew Symonds – Hyderabad – 5.4 crore. 4. Michael Hussey – Reserve category. 5. Daniel Vettori – Delhi – 2.5 crore. 6. Mathew Hayden – Chennai – 1.5 crore. 7. McCullum – Kolkata – 2.8 crore. 8. Jacob Oram – Chennai team – 2.75 crore.Please share your opinion on Indian Premier League. … [Read more...]

Indian Premier League cricket first round auction results

 Chennai’s India Cements team wins the most sought after player Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the first round of IPL auction while Adam Gilchrist is captured by Deccan Chronicle of Hyderabad. High profile teams like Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi teams failed to win a single bid in the first round of Indian Premier League cricket auction. IPL auction is going on at Hilton towers in Mumbai. IPL First round auction results: 1. M.S.Dhoni – Chennai team– 6 crore.2. Muralidharan – Chennai team–2.4 crore- Strategic investment. 3. Shane Warne – Jaipur team– 1.8 crore. 4. Mahela Jayawardene – Mohali team- 1.9 crore. 5. Adam Gilchrist – Hyderabad team- 2.8 crore. 6. Shoaib Akthar – Kolkata team– 1.7 crore. Icons in the IPL: 1. Sachin Tendulkar – Mumbai. 2. Rahul Dravid – Bengaluru. 3. Sourav Ganguly – Kolkata. 4. Virender Sehwag – Delhi. 5. Yuvraj Singh – Mohali. Icon players will get 15% more money than the biggest bidder in their team. So these players will definitely get lesser amount than Indian One day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Hyderabad team strategically didn’t give Laxman an iconic status due to his less marketing value. Humorous note: Breaking news in one channel - Preity Zinta bought Mahela Jayawardene in the auction.  … [Read more...]