IPL 2018: 4 reasons why Kings XI Punjab might not make it to the playoffs
Can Kings XI Punjab handle the pressure of must-win games?
The Indian Premier League has become the most successful league not only because of the money but because of the quality of games on display. The league stages are like a marathon and there is no place for complacency before qualifying for the next stage.
While a team like Mumbai Indians, who were languishing at the bottom of the table at halfway stage, are making a comeback, the Kings who were at the top of the table are slowly starting to show a downward trend.
Kings XI Punjab had a great start to their IPL season winning five out of the first six matches, but things haven't been the same for them since then. In spite of the start, they have teed off in the last five matches as they could manage to win only once.
Here are the four reasons why KXIP might not make it to the playoffs:
#1 Lack of momentum
After winning five of the first six matches, KXIP has registered only one win in last five matches. After these losses, other teams are catching up with KXIP and they are being helped by the slight dip in the net run rate of the Punjab-based franchise.
The thing about the losses is that only one loss was against the table toppers, three other losses were against teams who were behind them on the points table. The losses have definitely put a dent in the team's confidence and the Kings have a tough challenge ahead as the teams they will be facing are all in the race for playoffs.