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IPL 2020: After the auction, a look at strengths and weaknesses of Kings XI Punjab squad

After the auction for 2020 edition of Indian Premier League, in this series we take a look at how the teams stack up and what their strengths, weaknesses are.

Breakdown of the KXIP squad with players bought at the auction highlighted in bold:

Kings XI Punjab

Batsmen Bowlers Allrounders Wicketkeeper
Chris Gayle Mohammed Shami K Gowtham KL Rahul
Mayank Agarwal Mujeeb ur Rahman Glenn Maxwell Nicholas Pooran
Karun Nair Arshdeep Singh Deepak Hooda Prabhsimran Singh
Sarfaraz Khan Hardus Viljoen James Neesham
Mandeep Singh M Ashwin Chris Jordan
J Suchith Tajinder Dhillon
Harpreet Brar
Darshan Nalkande
Sheldon Cottrell
Ravi Bishnoi
Ishan Porel

As written in our IPL auction takeaways, Kings XI Punjab had a solid auction. With Anil Kumble at the helm, KXIP went about their business shrewdly. Despite having Ra 42.70 crores, KXIP did not exhaust their funds early and waited to pick up players at optimum prices. In the end, they completed their squad of 25 players with Rs 16.50 crores pending in the purse.

And the franchise would be delighted with how Glenn Maxwell announced his return to the game a day after Punjab decided to make him their prime pick. In James Neesham (Rs 50 lakhs), Ishan Porel (Rs 10 lakhs), and Chris Jordan (Rs 3 crores), they got three of the top bargain deals on the day while going all out for the X-factor player they looked for in Maxwell.

Players bought by KXIP

PLAYER TYPE PRICE PAID
Glenn Maxwell All-Rounder ₹10,75,00,000
Sheldon Cottrell Bowler ₹8,50,00,000
Chris Jordan All-Rounder ₹3,00,00,000
Ravi Bishnoi Bowler ₹2,00,00,000
Prabhsimran Singh Wicket Keeper ₹55,00,000
Deepak Hooda All-Rounder ₹50,00,000
James Neesham All-Rounder ₹50,00,000
Tajinder Dhillon All-Rounder ₹20,00,000
Ishan Porel Bowler ₹20,00,000

The first significant decision Punjab made was to not bid for Aaron Finch or Eoin Morgan and dropping the hint that KL Rahul will be the leader for the upcoming season. While captaincy might as well have the impact it did on Rohit Sharma at Mumbai Indians, this is a bit of a gamble from the franchise. It feels like the batsman is back in a good head-space and playing without feeling much pressure on his shoulders, but one has to wonder what captaining an IPL side will do to his batting.

And Maxwell, as always, is a gamble. It is a signing that could go either way but given how strong the side’s top order is, KXIP will hope Maxwell adds consistency to their middle order and not unpredictability.

Quick summary

PlAYERS RELEASED BEFORE THE AUCTION

Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetymer, Akshdeep Nath, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Prayas Ray Barman, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Himmat Singh, Heinrich Klaasen, Milind Kumar (and Dale Steyn, who was a mid-season replacement)

TOTAL SPENT

Rs 68.5 crore

FINAL SQUAD:

Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, KL Rahul (C), Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh.

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