This is the possible eleven who can play most of the matches for KXIP in this edition.
1. Chris Gayle (LHB)
The Universal boss- Most experienced and successful batsman of this colourful format. Even though the West Indian giant struggles to find consistency like his 2013 IPL edition for the last few years, he is undoubtedly an irreplaceable opener who can ultimately create or change the script to the better side for his team. Above all, Gayle has this better rapport with his current captain KL Rahul as he had with Virat Kohli during his RCB days, and that is all he wants to do well.
2. KL Rahul (RHB/WK)
The skipper has a well-balanced side to lead for the first time. Besides, KL Rahul is the most improved shorter format batter in modern times. The ardent T20 player fills his cricket appetite through this format as it provides him space to exhibit all the wide range of his shots. So, get ready to witness the firebolt uppish drives, especially the whip shots from the technically sounded Indian cricketer.
3. Mayank Agarwal (RHB)
Mayank Agarwal hasn’t performed much in IPL, but this time, he is vibrant with his international debut, putting his head higher. No.3 will be the apt spot for Karnataka born batsman as it involves anchoring roles. Anyhow, there can’t be any better batsman for this spot other than him in KXIP.
4. Karun Nair (RHB)
A decent No. 4 who has yet to prove in this format. The cool-headed Karun has a reliable technique, and in the meanwhile, he is a better tackler of both the spin and the fast bowling. Therefore this Karnataka batsman needs more experimentation of aggressive approach this time. And if it goes well, the engine room will be steady.
5. Glenn Maxwell (RHB/ OB)
Glenn Maxwell has a separate fan base for his brave and innovative shots. Getting in at No.5 will give him a straight away license to go hard and set the gear on, in his own style. And at the same time, his experience can be handy while chasing. Consequently, the Australian’s brains and brawn can bring in more comfort to the Punjab-based franchise engine room.
6. James Neesham (LHB/ RAMF)
The fast bowling-all rounder from New Zealand is an excellent addition to the squad. Works in all three departments. Big hitter and a suitable choice at the lower middle order who faces the death overs with his fluent lofted strokes. Third seemer for the side. If he excels, it will be a bolstering element for Kings XI Punjab squad.
7. Krishnappa Gowtham ( RHB/ OB)
Krishnappa Gowtham is a sensational pinch hitter known for his sudden burst in the final overs. He has all the ability to be dangerous under pressure—an off-spinner who never misses showcasing his shrewdness with his minimal number of variations.
8. Mohammed Shami (RAF)
Quick and lethal. Mohammed Shami is a veteran fast bowler now. He has got all the experience to bemuse the batsmen with his seam work and length. With the Australian series coming up next, this IPL edition is undoubtedly going to be the route to get back to his usual wicket-taking business.
9. Ishan Porel (RAFM)
Tall and fit fast-medium bowler. Ishan Porel can hit the deck harder and extract astonishing bounce with his high arm action. Most importantly, he can do it at the range of 140 kmph and a bit of swing. He has done it in the India U-19 matches and Ranji trophy; now, it’s time for him to be under more giant lights. With all his young and naive energy, Ishan Porel will be a trump card for Punjab.
10. Ravi Bishnoi (LB)
Ravi Bishnoi, the under 19 fame of India, is slightly similar to Rashid Khan. With the fast run-up and more usage of googlies, the leg spinner is a top-class contender for T20 cricket. Having Anil Kumble as his coach in the Punjab based franchise, the handy leg spinner will have his go and bring in more variations to his bowling.
11. Mujeeb ur Rahman (OB)
As the UAE conditions favor the spinners, Mujeeb ur Rahman will be the first choice spinner for KL Rahul. The mystery of his bowling is yet to be decoded, albeit he had a below-average last season. On the whole, the afghan spinner is a perfect T20 bowler who can travel from grey to white side with the assistance of Anil Kumble.