Despite having a great start at the beginning of IPL 2018, Kings XI Punjab finished in seventh place. This loss can be attributed to the lack of some players to perform constantly and drifting apart.
While Punjab had some consistent performers in its kitty, bowlers were a major disappointment for the team. Indian pacers Barinder Sran and Mohit Sharma failed to impress with their deliveries. On the brighter side death overs specialist, Andrew Tye was a major investment for the team picking 26 wickets to win the Purple cap.
Now with IPL 2019 auction reaching closer, the team will be gearing up to get a hold on some worthy pacers. Let’s have a look.
Kings XI Punjab has decided to release Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Mohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Barinder Sran, Ben Dwarshuis and Manzoor Dar ahead of the IPL auctions. Players team has decided to retain include Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, Andrew Tye, David Miller, and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Now let’s take a look at three pacers Kings XI Punjab can target this IPL auction.
V Athisayaraj Davidson
The Tamil Nadu pacer can be a great investment for King XI’s pacer woes. During the TNPL, the south Indian pacer made quite an impact and name for himself.
Compared to Lasith Malinga for his low slingy action, Davidson can be a great partnership breaker because of his fantastic Yorkers.
Another factor that can work in his favor is there is little information available about him that can make him an excellent asset to trouble batsmen.
The fiery South African pacer has made an impressionable international comeback after his injury and, Punjab will want to get their hands on him so that he can recreate the same magic in IPL.
Kings XI Punjab lacked a strike bowler in their team last IPL. Steyn can be the one who can also take any kind of attack from opposition batsmen.
With an excellent performance against Australia in the recent ODI series where he picked 7 wickets at an economy of 3.48 and with a stellar average of 13.42, Steyn can be a very attractive option for Kings XI.
In the recent West Indies series against India, Oshane was probably the best performer in T20 battles. Also, in the Caribbean Premier League while playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs he picked up 18 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 17.66 maintaining an economy rate of 8.36.
Proven to work on Indian pitches, Thomas has proved his mettle and he is able to bowl in the opening overs as well as death overs. While he will be the most sought-after player this IPL auction, Kings XI Punjab has enough budgets to outbid any other team.