Kings XI Punjab has been one of the most unsuccessful teams in the IPL and one of the major reasons behind their dismal show has been the scarcity of a good captain. It is the only team to have changed their captain more than ten times in the history of the league.
Since trading Ravichandran Ashwin to the Delhi Capitals, the KXIP management has been searching for a leader. Though KL Rahul can take up the honorable job, they might not want to add to the existing pressure on their best batsman.
So, here is a list of five players that KXIP can recruit to lead the team in this edition of the IPL:
#5 Aaron Finch
The Australian limited-overs captain is a good contender for leading the Kings XI Punjab side in the upcoming edition of the IPL. Finch has a fair amount of captaincy experience under his belt after he got to lead his national team following the departure of Steve Smith.
In addition to that, the 33-year-old led his Big Bash League side, Melbourne Renegades, to their maiden title last season. Having been a part of the KXIP setup in the past might also make his candidature stronger.
#4 Jason Holder
Since the Punjab-based franchise might be searching for a decent all-rounder in addition to a captain, Jason Holder can be the perfect option for them. The lanky Barbadian has led West Indies in both ODIs and Tests in the past, before handing over the white-ball honors to Keiron Pollard.
The 28-year-old was given the responsibility of captaining his national side at a very young age, which made him the youngest man ever to lead the boys in maroon. Though he has been removed as the limited-overs captain, he is still in the leadership role in Test matches for the West Indies, a factor that could work in his favor.
#3 Colin Ingram
The South African middle-order batsman might not have played much for his country but when it comes to T20 leagues, he is a veteran. The 34-year-old has played over 250 T20s and has captained his T20 Blast (Glamorgan) and Big Bash League (Adelaide Strikers) teams.
In addition to the above point, Kings XI Punjab lack strength in their middle-order and the addition of Colin Ingram can fulfill that as well. With a power-packed top-order in KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, they can bank upon the calmness of the southpaw to be their skipper as well as middle-order mainstay.
#2 Moises Henriques
Moises Henriques is another T20 veteran who can take over as the captain of Kings XI Punjab this year. The Australian can bring balance to their squad and with an experience of 191 T20 matches, could lead the team with aplomb.
The 32-year-old is currently captaining his Big Bash League team, Sydney Sixers, and also led them to the championship in the inaugural edition of the Australian T20 league. Having picked him the IPL auction before, KXIP might give him another go, this time with responsibility on his shoulders.
#1 Eoin Morgan
The English captain has recently led his side to their maiden World Cup title and doesn't really need to justify his position to become Kings XI Punjab's new captain. Morgan has been leading England in ODIs and T20Is since a long time and is one of their most successful captains ever.
The 33-year-old has played 111 ODIs for England as a captain and has led them to victory 68 times. Coming to the Punjab-based franchise, Morgan can be slotted into their fragile middle-order with an added role of captaining the side.