Kings XI Punjab is one of the original teams in the Indian Premier League that has had been with the championship since its very maiden season in 2008. Akin to Kolkata Knight Riders, the Punjab-based team bears a strong connection with Bollywood film industry as one of its principal owners, Preity Zinta, is a renowned Indian film actress. The major catchment areas of KXIP are Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu and Haryana which is evident from “K J H P H” letter sequence on the team banner.
KXIP was embroiled into a legal controversy in 2010 and the IPL committee even announced termination of legal contracts the team along with that of Rajasthan Royals. But the team was reinstated in the League under the orders of Mumbai High Court.
Kings XI Punjab has always been backed by some of the best players of Indian and international cricket world, such as Yuvraj Singh, Simon Katich, Brett Lee. But, unfortunately, the team could not win any of the IPL trophies ever. However, KXIP managed to reach the Playoffs twice and was a finalist in 2014 where they lost out to Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014.
K.L. Rahul is the current captain of the team while legendary Indian bowler Anil Kumble is the head coach. Wasim Jaffer is the batting coach of the team and Sunil Joshi is the spin bowling coach.
Kings XI Punjab in IPL Semi-final - 2 times
Kings XI Punjab in IPL Final - 1 time
Official Website of KXIP : www.kxip.in
Kings XI Punjab Team 2020 - KXIP IPL T20 Squad List
K.L. Rahul (captain)
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Kings XI Punjab Past Performances Year Wise in IPL T20
The Punjab team had a commendable season in the inaugural session of the Indian Premier League. Although the team lost out on the first two matches against CSK and RR yet bounced back with a win in the 3rd match against Mumbai Indians. The team suffered from the absence of two of its major players in the season, Simon Katich and Brett Lee, but other players managed to keep up the good work. Out of the 15 matches played, the team won in 10 of them and secured a firm place in the Playoffs. But, the team lost to Chennai Super Kings in the 2nd semi-final and left IPL in the 3rd position on the points table. Shaun Marsh, leading hitter from KXIP, was felicitated with the Orange Cap for being the lead run-scorer in the series.
The 2008 semi-finalists started the 2nd IPL season with a new strong sponsor (Emirates) that offered them enough backing to spend on new players. The team made two new additions to the team, Yusuf Abdullah and Jerome Taylor but could not bid on Aussie players as they were mostly unavailable. Worse, Taylor became unavailable too given his injury and the team was in a weak spot. KXIP commenced the 2nd IPL season with two losses to Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. But, the squad bounced back on the 3rd match with a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team again had to face two back-to-back losses against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians and they finally seized a win against RCB in the next match. However, they again had 3 losses against KKR, RR and CSK. Out of the 14 matches played they managed to win at 7 and finished at the 5th position on the points table.
The 3rd season was one of the worst years for the Kings XI Punjab. They lost in first three matches against Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers. The 4th match was a tie with Chennai Super Kings. But, they again lost the following 4 matches against RR, KKR, MI and RCB. Of the 14 matches played, the team could only win at 4. Shaun Marsh tried his best to bolster the team’s performance but lack of contribution from other players turned the table against the team. KXIP finished at the last position of the points table.
The 4th season of the Indian Premier League was comparatively a better year for the Kings XI Punjab. The team came up with a high profile team with Adam Gilchrist as the skipper and Michael Bevan as the coach. They lost their first match against Pune Warriors India but won 3 back-to-back matches Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals. After that, they lost out on the following 5 matches against DD, KKR, MI, RCB and PWI. Of the 14 matchers played, the Punjab team could manage to win 7. Unfortunately, they couldn’t secure a berth in Playoffs by just one victory and ended up in the 5th position on the points table.
The Punjab-based team started the 2012 season of the IPL with two back-to-back losses against Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India. But they won the next two matches Pune Warriors India and Kolkata Knight Riders. After that, they lost again to KKR and RCB. Of the 16 matches played, the team won at 8 of them. They could not manage a place in the Playoffs and finished on the 6th position on the points table.
The 2013 IPL season was more or less the same edition for the Punjab team. However, that was the first season when the team won its first match in a IPL session. The team won against Pune Warriors India but lost out on the next two matches against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. They again won against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 4th match but lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Out of the 16 matches played, the team could win in 8. KXIP were unable to make it to the Playoffs and again ended up in the 6th position on the points table. However, it’s to note here, one of the principal batsmen from the squad, David Miller, gifted one of the best innings of the IPL ever, scoring 101 off just 38 balls- including 7 sixes and 8 fours.
The 2014 season of the Indian Premier League was one of the most remarkable League editions for Kings XI Punjab. It was the first and only IPL season till date when the team could reach the finals. The team commenced the season on a grand note with wins in the first 5 matches. The most important player for the squad was Glenn Maxwell who scored more than 90 in three innings and boasted a strike rate of 200. Thanks to able support from Manan Vohra and Virender Sehwag, the team could secure a place in the Playoffs. They lost at the first qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders but won against Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier which catapulted them to the final. Unfortunately, Preity Zinta’s team lost to Shah Rukh Khan’s team in the final.
The 2015 IPL season again found the Punjab team in a bad spell. The team started the 8th edition with a loss against Rajasthan Royals but won the second match against Mumbai Indians. The team lost again in the 3rd and 4th matches against Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. The fo9llowing match ended in a tie with Rajasthan Royals. After that what followed were a series of losses. Out of the 14 matches played, the team could only win 3 and finished at the last position on the points table. It’s to note here, in 2015, Kings XI Punjab had the maximum number of sponsors in the Indian Premier League.
The 2016 IPL season was equally bad for the Punjab team as once again they finished on the last position of the points table. The team started the season with a loss in first two matches against Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils but won the 3rd match against Rising Pune Supergiants. They against lost in the following 3 matches against Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians. Out of the 14 matches played, the team could only win in 4.
The 2017 season found the Punjab team in a recovery mode with Sehwag joining the squad as the head coach. The team also added a number of amazing players like Darren Sammy, Eoin Morgan and Hashim Amla. Of the 14 matches played, the team managed to win in 7 of them and finished the season in the 5th position. Their last defeat to Rising Pune Supergiant denied them an entry in the playoffs.
The 2018 season was not really a great year for the KXIP. Although they started the season with a win against Delhi Daredevils yet lost out to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second match. They won the next 4 matches against Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders as well as Delhi Daredevils. But, then KXIP lost out to Sunrisers Hyderabad again. Of the 14 matches played, the team could manage to win only at 6. They finished the season on the 7 position on the points table.
The Punjab squad began the 12th season of the IPL by adding 13 new players to the team. Some of the most important names from the list included Mohammed Shami, Sam Curran, Nicholas pooran, Sarfaraz Khan and so on. They started the season with a win against Rajasthan royals but lost to KKR in the second match. They won the next two matches against Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals but again lost to Chennai Super Kings. Of the 14 matches played, the team won at 6 and finished at the 6th position on the points table.
Kings XI Punjab Team Owner
The Kings XI Punjab is owned by multiple owners- industrialist Mohit Burman of the famed Dabur group, business tycoon Ness Wadia and popular Bollywood actress Preity Zinta. Burman owns 46% of the stake while Wadia and Zinta own 23% each. At present, industrialist Karan Paul also owns 8% share in the team.
Kings XI Punjab official home venue
The official home venue of Kings XI Punjab is Punjab Cricket Association Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium. Founded in 1993, the stadium is popularly dubbed as Mohali Stadium as it is based in Mohali, Chandigarh. The stadium is owned by Punjab Cricket Association and boasts a capacity of 26,000 spectators.
Kings XI Punjab winning history
Kings XI Punjab has not been able to win any of the IPL trophies.
Kings XI Punjab Captain
kings XI Punjab started the Indian Premier League in 2008 with Yuvraj Singh as the skipper and he continued to don the role of captain till 2009.
In 2010, the team had two captains- Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
In 2011, the team appointed Adam Gilchrist as the captain who continued till 2013. David Hussey was also the captain of the squad in 2012.
Then, in 2014, the team had George Bailey as the captain and then Virender Sehwag in 2015.
David Miller and Murali Vijay were the two skippers of 2016.
Glen Maxwell was appointed as the captain in 2017 and Ravichandran Ashwin for 2018 and 2019.
K.L. Rahul is the new captain of KXIP 2020.
Kings XI Punjab best Players
KXIP has bought back Maxwell once again for the 2020 season and for all the great reasons. The ace hitter holds the amazing caliber to turn a match in favor of his team just any moment. He is going to be one of the strongest support for the Punjab team in middle order.
KL Rahul has undoubtedly been a treasured asset to all the IPL franchises he has played with including Kings XI Punjab. In fact, he has had been quite a savior for KXIP in past two seasons. According to Anil Kumble, famous Indian bowler and KXIP head coach, Rahul has been the best of all batsmen the team has ever got.
The Caribbean star hitter is undoubtedly the best batsman when it comes to the T20 format and hence a magnificent addition to the Punjab team. In 24 games played with the Punjab team since 2018, Gayle has struck as many as 858 runs and fans are looking for many such awe-inspiring innings from him in the upcoming innings as well.
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