Kings XI Punjab had come in the IPL 2018 season with renewed energy retaining only one player from their previous squad in Akshar Patel. They went after rebuilding a new team and spent big on some players like KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Andre Tye, Aaron Finch and R Ashwin.
They also bought two players who are well past their prime – Chris Gayle and Yuvraj Singh- for nostalgia sake. They named R Ashwin as their captain, who promised unpredictability in decisions for the KXIP games. KXIP had a very good start to their campaign, winning 6 of their first nine matches and were in the top four of the points table.
However, they lost momentum at a crucial point and lost last 5 straight games to get eliminated from the race to playoffs. The main reason for that was over-dependence on just two batsmen in KL Rahul and Chris Gayle and Andrew Tye being the only outstanding bowler from the team.
Team COC looks at the performance of the KXIP players and presents the player ratings for IPL 2018