IPL 2018: Five players unlikely to feature for Kings XI Punjab next year

Kings XI Punjab should rue the disappointing season for they had the team to go all the way.

Kings XI Punjab had a fine start before it all went downhill. (IANS)

It has to be said, when Kings XI Punjab purchased their squad in this year's auction, it seemed they have the squad to go all the way. The team was built around the mixture of varying individuals. Ravichandran Ashwin's analytical brain was joined with Brad Hodge's pragmatic, calm demeanor by the ever forthright Virendra Sehwag.

The Indian Premier League needed(and it still does) a new winner to rejuvenate the competition, Kings XI Punjab, it was hoped, would provide this league that breath of fresh air. There is a reason why people were hopeful from this historically unsuccessful franchise, and it reflected with the way they started.
 
They played this respectable brand of cricket, with the intent to salvage as much with the ball as possible to then leave it to their batting might. They had the individuals for it. Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Zadran were contributing together to help the scintillating KL Rahul and the amazing Chris Gayle before the others were found short and exposed.

The moment these individuals stopped taking the team over the finishing line, the rest of the team line up left a lot to be desired. Kings XI Punjab went from having won 6 of their first 9 games and looking like the first team to go through to winning none of the next five games and being eliminated from the competition.

They have the core to take this team forward with the leadership of Ravichandran Ashwin but must look at only right individuals for him to work around next year.

Hence, team COC gets down to analyse and list out five players that are unlikely to feature for this team next year in the Indian Premier League, as they strive to win their maiden title.


By Kashish Chadha - 24 May, 2018

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