Kings XI Punjab is one the only three teams who have not won the title, despite playing from the inaugural season. KXIP’s best performance came during the 2014 edition where they finished as the runners-up. Under the captaincy of George Bailey, the Punjab-based franchise played exceptional cricket to reach the ultimate match.
Punjab has a tremendous record at the stadiums of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the emergence of a new captain this season, KL Rahul, KXIP will hope to clinch their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) title. Now, let’s look at the top 5 Kings XI Punjab players to watch out for in IPL 2020.
1. KL Rahul
KL Rahul is expected to look in a new avatar as he will be taking the field as the captain for the first time in his IPL career. Rahul has performed exceptionally for Punjab in the last two years.
2. Glenn Maxwell
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell makes an IPL comeback with his previous franchise, Kings XI Punjab. Maxwell has shown some decent performances of late and looks in good form to command KXIP with his experience in both, batting and bowling.
3. Sheldon Cottrell
Sheldon Cottrell turned out to be one of the most expensive buys for Kings XI Punjab at the auctions of IPL 2020. KXIP roped the West Indian for INR 8.5 crore, and it would be interesting to see how he performs at the UAE pitches.
4. Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami is in the best of his form from the past few years. The right-hander is a regular member of the Indian team in all the three formats as well. Shami is also one of the most experienced pace bowlers in this Punjab side.
5. Ravi Bishnoi
Under-19 star Ravi Bishnoi became an overnight millionaire after Kings XI Punjab paid a whopping INR 2 crore for him at this year’s auctions. Bishnoi emerged as the leading wicket-taker at the 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup and looks like an interesting Kings XI Punjab player to watch out for in IPL 2020.