IPL 2018: 5 key Indian players for Kings XI Punjab
Since IPL's inception in 2008, the league has managed to keep the cricket enthusiasts enthralled and amazed. This year will be no different as well. All the eight teams are gearing up for the mega event and the season promises to be spectacular.
Kings XI Punjab are known to play a refreshing brand of cricket but the franchise has never been able to win the coveted trophy despite having some big players in their squad.
However, they would be hoping to turn things around this year as they have done some good business in the player auction and have a quality squad at their disposal.
Here, we look at five Indian players who will play a key role for the Kings XI Punjab this season and from whom, the team management and the fans will have high expectations:
#1 Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal, the stylish Karnataka batsman has been in excellent form in the Indian domestic season. He is known to be a good timer of the ball and finds gaps in the field by putting minimum efforts.
Agarwal was always destined for big things and it was only a matter of him finding consistency. Though he was not able to make it to the Indian national team despite a commendable run of form, he was picked up by the Kings XI Punjab in the player auction. He will be hoping to continue his scintillating form in the IPL as well.
If he gets going at the top of the order for KXIP, then we are in for a treat as he makes run-making look beautiful. He will be very crucial for the Punjab-based franchise at the top of the order as he would help the team to get off to electrifying starts and set a base for the middle order to capitalize.
He has played 53 matches in the IPL so far and has scored 814 runs at a strike rate of 123.33. He has three half-centuries to his name in the tournament and would be looking to improve on that front.