- Every fan of Kings XI Punjab is thinking about this question I have raised. They have started this season on a high note and have given so much to their fans to cheer about. Ever since the IPL started Kings have not won the IPL even a single time. They were brilliant and superb in the first season but in subsequent seasons they fared poorly in IPL. One season they reached the finals but in the final cricketing gods were not with them and they conceded the title to Kolkata knight riders. But this season I am feeling and I am very certain that every Punjab fan is feeling that Punjab team has resurrected this year. They are rejuvenated and are full of passion. Every player of Punjab is contributing something to the team and playing his part in the victory of the team. Finally and ultimately this season there is a strong sense of feeling that Punjab can win the IPL. There are really realistic reasons for this and that’s why we are not making any kind of hunches and stuff. According to my Dominion or realm of knowledge, I will try to discuss some reasons why we feel Punjab will ultimately emerge as winners of IPL this season.Fearless openers
I am not going to talk about Gayle only in openers section and that is quite inevitable as we witnessed fearless batting from Rahul.
Now we understand why Punjab spent so much money on kl Rahul. Punjab bought Rahul for 11 crores and that is a huge amount and some cricket lovers ridiculed them for this reason but Rahul is proving everyone wrong and breaking his shackles in every match and has instilled fear in every bowler of every team in IPL. He is playing splendidly and there is hope that he will do so in upcoming matches also in IPL. Punjab at the crescendo of IPL auction bought Chris Gayle and what made his thing special was that Gayle was not bought in first two rounds of IPL auction. Now the universal boss is in Punjab and is now playing like a Punjabi and giving bowlers nightmares. Gayle has already hit a hundred in IPL. Rahul too has hit a fastest fifty in IPL this season. I firmly believe if these two batsman gets going in any match another team will loosen their morale and ultimately lose the match.
Stout middle order
Why I am saying stout is because really they have got the very solid middle order. They have got Mayank Aggarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair and many more. Moreover, Aaron Finch is playing in middle order this season and that provides even more solidarity to the team and the batting lineup. In any big match, Punjab can rely on their strong middle order. Yuvraj Singh has not played well until now but we can we all know what he is capable of. Mayank Aggarwal has played brilliantly in domestic season and averaged over 100 in it. Karun Nair we all are aware is an explosive batsman and can win a match single-handedly for his team and is also a very reliable batsman and he has proved that in past many times. He has got a triple hundred to his name in tests for India. That speaks a lot of the youngster.
Punjab invested so much of money this season and that too on youngsters and unheard names and now they are reaping prices of their investment. They invested in leggie from Afghanistan. Mujeeb ur Rahman is the bowler and he is bowling exceptionally well for Punjab and taking wickets at regular intervals for Punjab and that too good at the very cheap economy. Mujeeb has a lot of variations and batsmen of other team need time to settle down against him which seems very difficult in t20 format. So Punjab can take advantage of Mujib’s quality in the long run and ultimately win the tournament for the first time. Also, this time around Ashwin is bowling really well for Punjab. Ashwin is taking important wickets at important stages of the match. Ashwin also has got a lot of variations and this year he is using leg breaks from nowhere which are quite difficult for the batsman to pick. These two can form a lethal spin duo for Punjab.
Although pacers of Punjab have gone for runs still there is a hope. How Ankit Rajpoot has come into the team and settle down and has started picking up wickets he looks quite promising. Mohit Sharma can pick up the form any time and start winning matches for Punjab.
Analysing all things it is Crystal clear that team of Punjab is very solid this time around and they just need to keep the things simple and straight and very importantly go match by match. They also need to take care of fitness of all players and for that, they can use rotation policy once they make the playoffs. They are serious contenders and hopefully, we will see new champions of IPL in the form of Kings XI Punjab this year.