WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mar 21, 2019, 08.28 PM
Despite possessing one of the strongest squad, Punjab have never won the Indian Premier League (IPL) title. However, the franchise have once managed to reach the IPL final in 2014, but were defeated by SRK co-owned Kolkata.
This year too, the side has some of the best players in the game, but whether they will live up to the fans expectations, is something to watch out for.
Last season, the Kings won six matches out of their first nine and lost their last five matches and finished at the No. 7 spot in the points table. The team have players like Mohammed Shami, Nicholas Pooran and Sam Curran.
So, as the 12 edition of the cash-rich tournament commences from March 23, here's a look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for Punjab.
Like every year, the batting line-up of Punjab is the most destructive. It comprises of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle at the top, with Indian batsmen like Karun Nair, Mayank Agrawal, and Mandeep Singh filling the middle-order. David Miller, Moises Henriques or Sam Curran will be playing the role of a finisher.
If the players continue their current form, then the line-up would be a real cause of worry for other teams.
The side also have few dangerous spinners in their squad. Ravichandran Ashwin, who is also the captain, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Varun Chakravarty can spin a web around any lineup.