Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are one of the three teams who have not won a single title since the inception of Indian Premier League (IPL). From Yuvraj Singh to Kumar Sangakkara to George Bailey, none of them could get them to the finishing line. However, they have a new man at the helm now — and their 9th overall. Australia’s Glenn Maxwell will lead the side in the 10th edition of this Indian T20 gala. Adored as Glenndeep Singh Maxwell in Punjab, he has single-handedly won many a match for Preity Zinta-owned side (also partnered by Ness Wadia, The Oberoi Group, among a few others). Anyway, Maxwell will look to inject his aggressive brand of cricket into the team and pull off something they have not so far. Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2017, Preview: Glenn Maxwell’s side looks ready for the ‘Big Show’
However, KXIP will miss the services of opener and former captain Murali Vijay, as he has an injured shoulder and is under rehabilitation. Besides, they have a player of Hashim Amla’s class who can manage the opening department. All in all, they have covered all the bases to clinch the trophy. But it is the same old story: they fail to sensibly apply themselves and end up at the doorstep of defeat. Whether they will turn the tide or history will repeat itself in 2017, is a question only time will tell.
Let us walk through KXIP’s journey via some intriguing stats provided by Abhishek Kumar.
Though Piyush Chawla now plays for Kolkata Knight Riders, he started his IPL episodes from KXIP. He, for that matter, has played most number of matches for them. After him ranks Shaun Marsh, the only overseas player to play for the same team since first edition.
|Most matches (KXIP)|
It does not come as a surprise that Chawla tops the chart of the most wicket-takers. For pacer Sandeep Sharma to surpass the leg-spinner, he will have to take over 30 wickets this season.
However, swing bowler Praveen Kumar takes the cake when it comes to bowling maidens, although Sandeep may surpass him this India summer.
Remember Yusuf Abdulla, the South African cricketer? No? Okay. He has most number of four-fors, by the way.
You got to remember Dimitri Mascarenhas. Of course, he had hit five consecutive sixes against Yuvraj Singh in England. Yes, that guy. He has 5 for 25 to his name.
|Dimitri Mascarenhas||5 for 25||Pune Warriors||2012|
Praveen was brilliant at keeping a lid on the runs (though not emotions). It was, in fact, difficult to put away his low full-tosses in death overs.
|Best economy (20 overs)|
And then, there is a list of KXIP players who have taken hat-tricks. Damn, Abhishek dug too deep. However, did you know Yuvraj has taken two hat-tricks in a season?
|Yuvraj Singh||Robin Uthappa||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Durban||2009|
|Yuvraj Singh||Herschelle Gibbs||Deccan Chargers Hyderabad||Johannesburg||2009|
|Axar Patel||Dwayne Bravo||Gujarat Lions||Rajkot||2016|
Wriddhiman Saha, India’s wicketkeeper in the longest format, has most number of stumpings to his name. Given Sangakkara and Adam Gilchrist no longer play in IPL, Saha’s numbers will keep scaling up.
Saha has most number of dismissals as well. In fact, if he keeps playing for India, he might as well surpass Sangakkara and Gilchrist at international level one fine day (too optimistic?).
Enough with the bowlers. Let us take a look at the batsmen now.
If Marsh has been participating since the first edition, he has to dominate the runs chart. Saha, on the other hand, recently completed 1,000 runs in Tests. He might as well achieve the same in IPL.
Marsh, again, has the most number of half-centuries. I wonder why isn’t he the captain.
Marsh is boring me now. KXIP should give him a lifetime achievement award.
And finally he plays a second fiddle but only by a miniscule margin.
Thank you, Miller, for not letting Marsh win everything. Thank you for your safe pair of hands.
Here is a list of hundreds. Say hello (or bye) to Marsh again.
|Shaun Marsh||115 (69)||Rajasthan Royals||2008|
|Mahela Jayawardene||110* (59)||Kolkata Knight Riders||2010|
|Paul Valthaty||120* (63)||Chennai Super Kings||2011|
|Adam Gilchrist||106 (55)||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2011|
|David Miller||101* (38)||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2013|
|Virender Sehwag||122 (58)||Chennai Super Kings||2014|
|Wriddhiman Saha||115* (55)||Kolkata Knight Riders||2014|
We finally have a list that does not feature Marsh at all. However, Maxwell has a long way to go if he is to surpass Gilchrist. Goodness, KXIP have had three Australians as their captain. Maxwell becomes the fourth victim.
Under Maxwell’s captaincy, KXIP will eagerly want their first title.