IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab Fought Hard but Were Too Late With Their Fight back

Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab fought well but finished sixth

Where did they finish:

Sixth with six wins and a higher run-rate than Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.

Positives:

The comeback from Kings XI Punjab was a significant positive. With a poor start and lots of heart-breaking defeats, Punjab could have lost motivation with ease.

They didn’t give up and won five in five to keep themselves in contention.

Mayank Agarwal gave the side some rapid starts and was pretty consistent with the bat.
He is a star performer for Karnataka, and this season he has shown his ability as a T20 batsman.

Nicholas Pooran provided Kings XI Punjab with some middle-order aggression solving their middle-order troubles from previous seasons.
He had a strike rate of 169 and has been a devastating factor in the line-up.

Mohammad Shami has been an excellent test bowler over the years and is known for aggressive bowling in limited-overs.
This season he took his game to another level with some fantastic Yorkers at the death.

His bowling in the super over against Mumbai Indians is an example of Shami’s growth as a T20 bowler as he defended 6 to force the game into another super over.

Chris Gayle didn’t get a game until the second half of the season.
His age and reflexes were in doubt as he stayed on the sidelines.

However, Chris Gayle managed to put all those doubts to rest in his style as he batted better than ever.
He batted at number three this season, and his entry helped Kings XI Punjab win five games in a row.

Negatives:

Maxwell finished the IPL without a single six


Glenn Maxwell was crucial in Kings XI Punjab’s run to the final in 2014.
He has been a core player for Kings XI Punjab earlier and was repurchased by them this season.

He bowled well, coming in and opening the bowling, but Maxwell never really showed up as a batsman.
He played 13 games and made 108 runs without a single six.

Another slight issue for Punjab has been KL Rahul’s strike rate.
KL Rahul has been very consistent with the bat throughout IPL 2020 and has deserved the orange cap.

However, his approach to bat through the innings hasn’t worked well as he finished the tournament with a relatively low strike-rate.
His approach to batting through was due to the middle-order inconsistency, but due to his process, many resources for Kings XI Punjab went unused.

He got dismissed on many cases after getting a start, leaving his strike rate low and giving fewer overs to the finishers to impact.
Kings XI Punjab struggled to finish games more than individual performances as they were on the receiving end of many close defeats.

They lost their opening match against the Delhi Capitals when they needed one-off three and against the Knight Riders when they needed 22 off 18.

Both were matches in their control and should have been finished off.

Had either of the results gone their way, the Kings XI Punjab could have been in the playoffs now.

Star players:
Agarwal:

Agarwal missed three games in the tournament and only scored in single-digits twice in the match.
He was aggressive at the start and didn’t show too many weaknesses.

Gayle:

Not picked at first, Gayle led the charge to win five games in a row and was a perfect fit at number three.

Batting in an unfamiliar position, Chris Gayle made the middle-order look more dangerous along with Nicholas Pooran, and it also allowed Gayle to attack spinners in the middle overs.

Rahul:

Rahul has been the leading scorer in IPL so far and is likely to remain at the top.

He displayed fantastic consistency and held the team together even though he played with a lower strike rate.

With the arrival of Chris Gayle, KL Rahul also got to play a bit more aggressively as the side had a deeper batting line-up.

Things to look at for the future:

Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell take up a significant portion of the King’s XI budget.

The Kings XI Punjab could do with a good bowler to support Mohammad Shami.

This season Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh have shown what the future holds, but an experienced bowler may also be helpful for the side.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.