Meet The Kings XI Punjab team for VIVO IPL 2018
Check out the Kings XI Punjab squad for VIVO IPL 2018 below!
KINGS XI PUNJAB SQUAD - INDIAN PLAYERS
Some eyebrows were raised when Chennai Super Kings chose not to retain Ashwin in their squad for the 2018 season but their loss is definitely the Kings XI gain. A proven, international-class bowler, who has tried to introduce even more variation in his game during his time off from international cricket this season. No surprise that he’s been made captain as well.
An Indian legend, Yuvraj returns to KXIP after playing for them in the first three IPLs. One of the cleanest left handed stroke makers when on song, he’ll be looking to make an impact even at 36. A nifty slow left arm bowler as well and a fantastic fielder makes him a definite crowd favourite. If KXIP are to win their fist ever IPL trophy, the return of their prodigal son might be one of the biggest reasons for it, much like how he was responsible for his country's lifting of the biggest prize in World cricket back in 2011 (the IPL 2018 final is in Wankhede, by the way!).
Many will remember him as the one who made a magnificent triple century in only his 3rd Test match, but he has been a consistent run scorer in domestic cricket for a few years now. Coming off a fantastic Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, he will look to bolster a strong-looking KXIP top order.
He's been scoring runs for fun this season. Not only is he the top scorer in the Ranji season with 1160 runs at an average of 105.45, he also has 723 runs at an incredible 90.37 in the Vijay Hazare trophy, giving him a record-breaking 2000+ runs in a first class season... and he’s not done yet. Talks of an international call-up have been growing, and the new IPL season will be the perfect platform for him to grow them even more.
Tiwary’s first class career speaks for itself. Averaging over 50 after 100 games is no mean feat. He has played every IPL edition, barring one, and his swashbuckling style may prove to be important for the Kings as they look to put up or chase big scores.
Axar is a nifty left arm spinner with the knack of picking up wickets at the right time, along with being a useful lower order batsman. This is his 5th season with KXIP who paid big money to retain him, and will be looking at a spin partnership of him and Ashwin to do the business on wickets that will assist them.
Pardeep Sahu is a right arm legbreak bowler who in 2014 became only the 4th bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings in a Kanga league game in Mumbai. This will be his 3rd consecutive season with KXIP.
Dagar is a right hand batsman and slow left arm bowler. He was part of the U19 world cup squad that lost to West Indies in the final. What’s more, he is also the nephew of Virender Sehwag who is director of cricket at KXIP. At the age of 21, he will be making his IPL debut and looking to try and provide competition to already established spinners in the squad.
Manzoor Dar is the only cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to make it to the IPL this year. The right hand bat is known for his immense hitting prowess and also nicknamed Pandav for his strength and size. In his debut season, he will be itching to get a few chances to prove his worth. His coach says he can hit sixes over 100m, let’s hope we get to see a few.
KL Rahul is a polished, highly-rated opening batsman who has been delivering on domestic and international fronts the past few years. A part time wicket keeper as well. Moving to KXIP from RCB this season, he will most likely be handed the responsibility of scoring runs with Aaron Finch at the top of the order. One of Indian cricket’s most promising prospects, he surely has a big season ahead of him.
A product of Uttar Pradesh youth cricket, Akshdeep Nath is a solid middle order batsman, who was also vice captain of the India U19 squad that won the 2012 U19 World Cup. His form in this year’s Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy prompted KXIP to add him to their squad.
Ankit Rajpoot is a right arm medium-fast bowler who has the distinction of dismissing Ricky Ponting in his very first IPL over. One of the more impressive players from the uncapped list, he will look to make his mark whenever he gets a chance.
Barinder Sran is a left-arm medium bowler who relies more on accuracy and control than outright pace. He has already made his international debut in ODI and T20 cricket and will be looking to spearhead the KXIP seam attack with the likes of Mohit Sharma and Andrew Tye.
Mohit Sharma is another seamer who covets line and length over raw pace. He had three successful seasons under MS Dhoni's leadership at CSK, and has 26 ODI and 8 T20I caps to his name. KXIP have retained him in his third season with them and he will look to handle new ball duties to good effect.
KINGS XI PUNJAB SQUAD - INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS
Aaron Finch (Australia)
Finch is an aggressive and dangerous right handed opening batsman. He has played 9 IPL seasons and this will now be his 7th different team. He is a master of the powerplay overs and once set, looks to score mammoth innings to take the game away from the opposition. Has had many successful seasons in the IPL and KXIP will need and expect him to be near the top of the run scoring charts come the end of this one.
David Miller (South Africa)
David Miller is a hard hitting middle order batsman from South Africa. A one team man in the IPL, this will be his 8th consecutive season with KXIP, whom he also captained for the first half of the 2016 season. With over 100 ODIs and 50 T20is under his belt, he brings a wealth of experience along with being an outstanding fielder and vital close of innings player.
Chris Gayle (West Indies)
One of the biggest hitters and most entertaining personalities in world cricket, the left handed West Indian Chris Gayle was snapped up by KXIP for a mere 2cr. He may not be first-choice opener in this squad but every team will be wary of him whenever he does get his chance. Synonymous with RCB over the past 7 seasons, he will now look to help another franchise prosper and hopefully win their first IPL trophy.
Andrew Tye (Australia)
Right arm medium pacer Andrew Tye has relied on guile, variations and pin point yorkers to establish himself as a phenomenal white ball cricket player. He has enjoyed success in the Big Bash league and got callups to the Australian ODI and T20 squads to great effect. KXIP will be excited to have someone with his pedigree in the death overs.
Ben Dwarshuis (Australia)
2018 has been a good year for Aussie Ben Dwarshius. The left arm swing bowler impressed for Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League, which led to a call up to the Australian T20 squad for the Trans-Tasman T20 tri series. A few weeks later, KXIP purchased him in the 2018 IPL auction and will look for him to be an important squad player ins his debut season.
Mujeeb Zadran (Afghanistan)
Mujeeb Zadran is an Afghani wonder kid who bowls orthodox off spin, but mixes it up with leg spin and unplayable googlies. He was the man of the match in his first ever ODI and became the youngest bowler ever to take a 5 wicket ODI haul. He also starred as Afghanistan won the u19 Asia Cup in 2017 and took them to the u19 World Cup semi finals. The most astonishing part? He will be 17 years and 10 days old when the IPL season begins.
Marcus Stoinis (Australia)
Stoinis is a prolific run scorer in Australian Sheffield Shield cricket. He made news when in his 2nd ODI innings, he smashed 146*. He received a Test call up in 2017, showing his adaptability in all 3 formats. In his 3rd season with KXIP he will look to use his big hitting and useful right arm medium bowling to become an important all-rounder for the side
KINGS XI PUNJAB SQUAD - COACHING & SUPPORT STAFF
Virender Sehwag - Director of Cricket Operations
One of the most popular and aggressive Indian batsmen to ever play the game, Virender Sehwag took the tournament by storm in the 8 seasons he took part as a player. Since then he has been part of the Kings XI Punjab backroom staff, first as mentor and now in the dual role of mentor and Director of Cricket Operations. With him guiding and mentoring an exciting and well balanced squad, we could be in for a real treat from the Kings XI Punjab this season, as they look to win their first ever trophy.
Head coach: Brad Hodge
Brad Hodge was a run machine in Australian domestic cricket and held many domestic records including being Victoria’s highest ever run scorer in the Sheffield Shield. He played for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Kochi Tuskers and Rajasthan Royals before turning to coaching with the Gujarat Lions and now the KXIP. His cool head, consistency and cricketing awareness will come in very handy as he looks to lead his team to their first ever IPL.
Assistant coach: Mithun Manhas
Mithun Manhas was a prolific run getter for Delhi with an overall first class average of over 45. He also captained them for an extended period of time including part of the 07-08 season when Delhi ended a 15 year championship drought. He played the first 8 editions of the IPL before being appointed assistant coach of KXIP in 2017.
Bowling coach - Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad played 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for India, mainly as a new ball partner to Javagal Srinath with whom he formed a fantastic partnership. His leg cutters got the best of many a great batsman. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2000 and spent time as the bowling coach of the Indian national side as well.
Fielding coach: Nishanta Bordoloi
Nishanta Bordoloi is a strength-conditioning and fielding coach to over 100 first class cricketers in India. He played first class cricket for Assam between 1994 and 2008. He has worked with the DDCA, BCCI, Shillong Lajong, Assam Cricket Association and the India u19 and u23 cricket team and now is fielding coach for KXIP as well.
Strength and conditioning coach - Nishant Thakur
Nishant Thakur has been strength and conditioning coach of KXIP for the last 5 years. This year he is part of an all-Indian support team that includes the physiotherapist, yoga instructor and masseur. He played for the Himachal Pradesh u16 and u19 sides.
Video Analyst - Ashish Tuli
Ashish Tuli is a video analyst for over 10 years. He started working with the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, long before video analysis was considered important in Indian cricket, before being involved with the NCA and BCCI as well. He also worked with the India women’s u19 and senior sides and men’s national side as well.
Physiotherapist - Amit Tyagi
Amit Tyagi is the man in charge of dealing with pain and keeping the KXIP squad fit. He was appointed into the all-Indian support staff at KXIP in February 2017.
Shyamal Vallabhjee - Technical coach
Shayamal is a Sports Scientist & Performance Coach with experience of more than a decade in high performance sporting environments. He is the founder of HEAL, a Sport Medicine and High performance Institute in Mumbai. He was appointed the Technical Coach of the Kings XI Punjab and focuses on training the players on technical and mental skills to perform under pressure.
Naresh Kumar - Masseur
Naresh Kumar was appointed the Masseur of the Kings XI Punjab side ahead of the 2017 season. He will continue in his role this season as well
Varoon Parmar - Team Manager
Major Varoon Parmar has been the team manager for the Kings XI Punjab for a number of seasons. He is in charge of interaction with all media and coordination with all agencies for the VIVO IPL 2018 season.
Vikram Hastir - Asst Team Manager
Vikram Hastir is the Assistant Team Manager of the Kings XI Punjab. He has also served as logistics manager of the Delhi Ranji team in the past.
Manoj Kumar - Sports Yoga Teacher
Manoj Kumar is a yoga instructor certified from Sivananda. He has been the yoga trainer for the Indian national cricket side and a number of other cricketing institutions. He is also co-founder of the Yogasophy group - a social podium for promoting Yoga principles. He believes yoga can have a number of physical, mental and spiritual benefits to everyone. He will be the Kings XI Punjab’s Yoga Instructor this season.
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