Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) is a cricket franchise based in Mohali, Punjab that competes in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team hosts its home games at he IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. However, the team has also played some home games at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
The team of Punjab does not have great history in the IPL. They have struggled to compete at the league stage and have had only two breakthroughs to the playoffs in all the years of IPL.
The Kings XI Punjab club was formed in 2008, and is owned by KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited, a company formed by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, businessman Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman and Karan Paul.
The franchise has been part of the IPL since its inception in 2008, playing their first game against st Chennai Super Kings in the League.
The Punjab franchise had a good start to the IPL in 2008. They qualified to the playoffs, playing the semi final match against Chennai Super Kings.
The Kings XI Punjab team had their most successful season in 2014. The squad finished the league phase at the top of the table with 11 victories out of 14 matches under the captaincy of George Bailey.
Career trajectory of the club
Kings XI Punjab have been very poor in their IPL journey so far. The team has finished bottom on the league table on three occasion which is most by any franchise.
In the opening season of IPL, KXIP played well and were participants in the semis. However, the team could not qualify for playoffs until 2014.
After being runners-up in the 2014 season, KXIP dropped their form and were completely lost in the following seasons of the league.
KXIP were not able to have a strong position on the field. However, the club’s earning are on the positive side, making money from club sponsorship and stadium gate receipts.
Kings XI Punjab has a very loyal and dedicated fan base. Inspite of having an under-achieved run in the league seasons the fans have stuck to the team and have supported them throughout.
The team has 1.91 million followers on their twitter account and have very good number of fan following on other major social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
Fans love their team’s playing style, which is fearless and bold. Even though the team has not brought any silverware home, their attitude on field is dedicated and relentless.
In 2010, a fan club of the Kings XI Punjab named Lion’s Den was formed.
King XI Punjab retained many important players who contributed in the 2018 season like KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran Ashwin.
The team spend on 13 crores on Varun Chakaravarthy, Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami, Prabhsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar and Murugan Ashwin.
|Year||Rank||Captain||Top Batsman||Top Bowler||Win %|
|2008||3||Yuvraj Singh||Shaun Marsh (616 runs)||S. Sreesanth (19 wickets)||66.67|
|2009||5||Yuvraj Singh||Yuvraj Singh (340 runs)||Irfan Pathan (17 wickets)||50|
|2010||8||Kumar Sangakkara||Mahela Jayawardene (439 runs)||Irfan Pathan (15 wickets)||28.57|
|2011||5||Adam Gilchrist||Shaun Marsh (504 runs)||Ryan Harris (16 wickets)||50|
|2012||6||Adam Gilchrist||Mandeep Singh (432 runs)||Parvinder Awana (17 wickets)||50|
|2013||6||Adam Gilchrist||David Miller (418 runs)||Azhar Mahmood (15 wickets)||50|
|2014||2||George Bailey||Glenn Maxwell (552 runs)||Sandeep Sharma (18 wickets)||70.59|
|2015||8||George Bailey||David Miller (357 runs)||Anureet Singh (15 wickets)||27.27|
|2016||8||David Miller||Murali Vijay (453 runs)||Sandeep Sharma (15 wickets)||28.57|
|2017||5||Glenn Maxwell||Hashim Amla (420 runs)||Sandeep Sharma (17 wickets)||50|
|2018||7||Ravichandran Ashwin||KL Rahul(659 runs)||Andrew Tye(24 wickets)||42.85|