IPL 2020 Team Review : KXIP

Hey guys, I am back with another article in my IPL Team Review article series. Today, we are going to talk about the KXIP team and my initial thoughts on the squad.

Squad Members

  • KL Rahul (wk, Captain)
  • Arshdeep Singh
  • Darshan Nalkande
  • Chris Gayle (✈)
  • Hardus Viljoen (✈)
  • Nicholas Pooran (✈)
  • Krishnappa Gowtham
  • Harpreet Brar
  • Jagadeesha Suchith
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman(✈)
  • Karun Nair
  • Mandeep Singh
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Mohammad Shami
  • Sheldon Cottrell (✈)
  • Glenn Maxwell (✈)
  • Murugan Ashwin
  • Jimmy Neesham(✈)
  • Sarfaraz Khan
  • Deepak Hooda
  • Ishan Porel
  • Ravi Bishnoi
  • Chris Jordan (✈)
  • Tajinder Singh
  • Simran Singh
Home Ground – IS Bindra Stadium
Head Coach – Anil Kumble
Winners – Never
Runners-Up – 1 time (2014)

Well, I’ve to say that this team has the potential to win the trophy this year. This is a stronger squad than last year’s squad.

My Ideal XI

Top Order

I would want Chris Gayle and KL Rahul to open the inning for me. Both of them are well-established openers and always have given KXIP a good start. Especially, Rahul’s form is going to be crucial for KXIP to have a good season. If he can lead from the front, it would take the pressure off Gayle which would help him to get back into his normal form.

I would Karun Nair as my number 3. He has played for many teams over the year and is an exciting talent. I would want him to take the responsibility to build an inning because I’ve seen his potential.

Middle Order

I would send Glenn Maxwell at number 4. The only reason I am going to pick Maxwell over Pooran is that he could roll his arm around to get me some crucial wickets. Glenn hasn’t been in his best form recently when it comes to T20Is. But I am going to back him for few matches to see if he could find his form back.

I would want Sarfaraz Khan to walk to the crease as my number 5 batsman. He is a young lad with good potential. He is not a textbook type player, but he would get you runs with his cheeky scoops.

Deepak Hooda would be my number 6 batsman. He also has been playing in the IPL for many years now. He has the experience that a number 6 batsman needs to control and get used to the conditions quickly.

I would send Krishnappa Gowtham at number 7. He is the perfect bowling all-rounder that you would like to have in your side. He has impressed me with his bowling over the recent IPL editions. I would want to hang around and finish the innings for me.

Bottom Order

I would want Chris Jordan to be my number 8. He would add more depth to the batting order and his off-cutters and slow bouncers could prove to be useful in pressure situations.

Murugan Ashwin would be my number 9. He also has been there with KXIP for some time and has the ability to take the crucial wicket.

I would want Mohammad Shami as my number 10. He is the only genuine pace bowler in the KXIP side. This is a big concern in my opinion. This is going to be a spin-heavy bowling attack. Since we are playing in UAE, the pitches are going to be dry and more friendly for the pacers. Even then, I would like to have another genuine fast bowler to go to if Shami gets injured.

I would add the Afghan all-rounder, Mujeeb Ur Rahman as my number 11. He can turn a match of its head with his spin. He is going to be crucial for KXIP in the first six overs. I would bowl him in the first 6 and save Shami for the death overs.

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Published by Thisura Thenuka

I am a passionate software engineering student. But cricket is my first love ❤

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