With the newly formed duo of K. L. Rahul and Anil Kumble at the helm as captain and head coach of the franchise, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will be keen to make a real mark in the competition, instead of just making up the numbers.
It has refreshed its squad by replacing four of its foreigners from last season with Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Jordan and James Neesham.
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Rahul and Chris Gayle have been consistent at the top of the order for the last two seasons since their move to Punjab in 2018. The team management will hope that Maxwell addresses the middle-order vulnerability the franchise has been faced with if either of Rahul or Gayle fails to fire.
Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan will be tasked with the finisher’s role and can be used as floaters between positions 4 and 6 with Maxwell. Krishnappa Gowtham, who was traded in for this season, and…