Kings XI Punjab witnessed a big roller coaster ride in the previous three seasons of the Indian Premier League. In 2014, they finished on the second place and in the next two seasons, they constantly dropped their performance. Last year they finished on the bottom of the table. Thus, they will take this auction very seriously. The team will look to solve several puzzles in their line-up. Coach Virender Sehwag made a point of all Indian staff, but this thing doesn’t make much sense. KXIP has some big names of T20 cricket with Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Shaun Marsh in their team. The recent heroics from Marcus Stoinis will also please them but they will look for some more option in the bowling department. All-rounder, spinner and a top order batsman can make a balance in the team. Have a look on five players they should buy in this auction;
5. Tymal Mills
This English fast bowler was very open about his wish to be a part of this cash-rich league. Tymal Mills is a good fast bowling prospect as he can hit 145 kmph mark constantly with the mixture of back of the hand. He did well in the recent T20I series against India and didn’t leak too many runs in his quota. Also, he is available for the whole season, unlike the other England players. Kings XI Punjab needs a fast bowler who can give them an early breakthrough in the power play and he is the right option for that.
4. Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg has played for KKR in his earlier IPL instinct but left out from the squad for this season. The chinaman bowler is one of the best T20 bowlers in the world and can attract any team for his selection. Punjab suffered for a good spinner in the last season and 46-years-old can give experience to their bowling line-up. He has a lot of experience of playing in Indian conditions. He has a splendid economy rate under 8 runs per over in his T20 career.
3. Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan has a great ability to change the curve of any match. The big-hitter has played for KKR and was in the SRH in the last edition. He is the most destructive batsman in the world. He loves to play in India and has several good outings in Indian grounds. His recent heroics are still fresh in the mind of the Indian supporters. The form is also on his side, which will help him to grab a big deal in this auction of the Indian Premier League.
2. Martin Guptill
Kiwi opener Martin Guptill has an ability to send the ball out from the park at will. Currently, he is not in the squad of the New Zealand due to his famous hamstring problem. He was in the Mumbai Indians in the IPL 9 and played as many as three games but didn’t score many runs. He is one of those players, who didn’t make into any team while having good T20 records. He can join Murali Vijay in the opening slot, which is a regular problem for KXIP since the retirement of Sehwag. His destructive shots can earn him a place in any team and Punjab should look on this CV.
1. 1 . Ben Stokes
Everyone is expecting a big deal for this star all-rounder from England. Benjamin Stokes is a vital player with both bat and ball. He has the ability to bowl above 140 kmph and also he can score quick runs. In the recent tour of India, he showed his caliber in the all three formats of the game. But his best came in the limited over series, where he finished the England inning in some style. He hasn’t played IPL but this time he is looking all set to change this record. Kings XI Punjab needs a good all-rounder and he can full fill this spot.