Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) find themselves at the bottom of the points table with five losses in six games. They started their campaign with a loss in a heartbreaking encounter against Delhi Capitals but found their first win against RCB in the next game. However, their dismal run started soon and they are yet to find glory since then.
KXIP has one of the best opening pairs with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal in great form. However, their middle order is extremely fragile and an unreliable bowling attack doesn’t help their cause as well. To solve their finishing problems, they added Glenn Maxwell to their squad for whopping INR 10.75 crores but the popular Australian batsman hasn’t been in decent form.
With time running out, KXIP needs to find the right balance for their Playing XI as they cannot afford to lose any more matches. They have several match-winners in their ranks and if KXIP can find form soon, they can utilize the momentum for the rest of the tournament.
Here are the three ways by which KXIP can bounce back:
1. Open with Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell is one of the most attacking batsmen of T20 cricket. Though he has not been quite productive in this tournament, he is a powerful asset to have in any Playing XI. If KXIP decides to bank on him and give him more opportunities, they can make him open the batting, he can utilize the Powerplay and can provide acceleration to the innings.
Though KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been in great form at the top, they are not scoring at a brisk rate. If KL Rahul moves down to number three, he can play as an anchor as his strike rate has been on the lower side recently. Also, the top four of Maxwell, Agarwal, Rahul and Nicholas Pooran seem quite fascinating.
Furthermore, making Maxwell open the innings is not a random call, he had been quite successful while batting in T20Is. He has opened the batting in two T20Is till now and has scored one fifty and one hundred. If Maxwell gets going at the top, he can change the course of the match with his innings.
2. Playing Chris Gayle and adding all-rounders
Chris Gayle has been one of the most successful batsmen of IPL history. He has won the orange cap twice and his ability to clear the ground at will makes him one of the most powerful batsmen. If Chris Gayle opens the batting with Mayank Agarwal, they can utilize the Powerplay better and if one of them scores big, KXIP can finally finish with a massive score.
Also, their bowling has looked quite dependent on the one or two bowlers, and if they can add their all-rounders to the playing eleven, they can find the balance. KXIP have Jimmy Neesham and Krishnappa Gowtham in their squad as all-rounders. If KXIP follows this approach, Gayle, Pooran, Neesham and Sheldon Cottrell/Mujeeb Ur Rahman can be their four overseas players.
This Playing XI would include two all-rounders, four bowlers and five batsmen, and such a combination can provide them with the much-needed balance. Also, as several bowlers of KXIP are quite young and inexperienced, adding extra bowling options can give KL Rahul more confidence.
3. Strengthen the batting but play five bowlers
KXIP’s biggest strength is their powerful batting order. If they try to strengthen it more, they can play both Gayle and Maxwell in the line-up. With this, they can play six dominant batsmen in their line-up and which will include three overseas players.
However, the key for this combination is playing five genuine bowlers in their Playing XI. This will make their batting a bit thin, but with six of their best batsmen and five of their best bowler, KXIP will play their best eleven on the field.
Also, KL Rahul needs to show more confidence in their young bowlers. In the last game, he brought in Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh in 8th and 10th over respectively and they eventually turned out to be KXIP’s most successful bowlers. If they are playing only five bowlers, the skipper should have confidence in them to bowl their four overs.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
SportsInfo offers cricket, soccer, kabaddi, tennis, badminton, racing, basketball and other sports news, articles, videos, live coverage & live scores, player rankings & team rankings. Also, offers minute details of any match along with live commentary.
- ‘Maxi ko hatao’ – Fan demands Preity Zinta to remove Glenn Maxwell from KXIP during her Instagram live with KL Rahul
- James Neesham reacts to KL Rahul’s meme after the former and Glenn Maxwell performs at the international level
- ‘I apologized to him while I was batting’ – Glenn Maxwell teases KL Rahul after shining for Australia post a flop IPL season
- ‘We should run him out’ – Glenn Maxwell feels it’s tough for Australian bowlers to dismiss KL Rahul
- IPL 2020: Match 53, CSK vs KXIP – Gaikwad’s hat-trick with the bat, Hooda’s 5-year wait and more stats