Done with the tag of being the most under-performing team among all Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises, Kings Xi Punjab went for a star-studded batting line-up to roar loud in the upcoming edition.
Aiming to shed their inconsistent tag, Punjab has gone big on experience, especially in the batting department, making them the most dangerous side.
However, they might have the problem of plenty in the batting department.
With Ravichandran Ashwin, who has 100 wickets in 111 IPL games at an economy of under 7, as the skipper, the franchise would want to make a fresh start and aim at clinching the title in their eleventh attempt.
Before the auctions, Punjab had only retained Axar Patel. But back at the auctions in January, the franchise managed to grab Marcus Stoinis, Mohit Sharma and David Miller via the Right to Match Card.
However, during auction Punjab snapped experienced veterans, including the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle, who might not be as effective as in their prime but getting them at their base price is a street-smart move.
With Indian batsman KL Rahul, who is the costliest purchase of Punjab at Rs 11 crore, and Aussie opener Aaron Finch, Rs 6.2 crore, also in the scheme of things, Punjab look a formidable force ahead of the season.
Finch is a perfect option alongside Gayle atop and together the duo can dismantle any bowling line-up on a given day.