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4 reasons why KXIP might clinch their maiden IPL title this year

Yash Mittal
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Punjab has a good chance to clinch their maiden IPL title this year
Punjab has a good chance to clinch their maiden IPL title this year

The Kings XI Punjab have been the perennial under-achievers in the IPL. They started well in 2008 where they made it into the top four and then another brilliant one in 2014, where they entered the finals for the very first time under George Bailey’s leadership.

But, just as it seemed, the franchise had finally settled itself as three unsuccessful stints followed in 2015, 2016 and 2017, forcing the team owners to retain just Axar Patel and start again with a clean slate.

In the auctions that ensued back in January, KXIP managed to assemble an enviable squad boasting a plethora of match-winners and a strong core of T20 specialists.

In this article, let's have a look at the four possible reasons why KXIP might achieve IPL glory this season.

#1 A plethora of opening-pair combinations

Gayle will turn up for KXIP this year
Gayle will turn up for KXIP this year

Amongst the sea of changes that KXIP has made to their squad, one thing that immediately demands attention is the sea of opening-pair combinations that they have at their disposal.

Agarwal has in the past opened with Gayle for RCB
Agarwal has in the past opened with Gayle for RCB

KXIP have perennially struggled with opening combinations over the years but this season they have multiple options in Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, and the wonder boy of the 2017-18 domestic season, Mayank Agarwal.


 

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