Kings XI Punjab will be bolstered by the addition of West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy, who joined the Glenn Maxwell-led Punjab team at their home base in Mohali on Wednesday.
Previously with Sunrisers Hyderabad, 33-year-old Darren was bought by Kings XI Punjab during the Indian Premiere League (IPL) auction for Rs 30 lakh. However, he did not take part in the initial part of the T20 Indian domestic tournament and the reasons for his absence remained a mystery.
The Kings XI Punjab think-thank was also tight-lipped on Darren’s unavailability. Last month, the hard-hitter turned out for Hung Hom Jaguars in the Hong Kong Twenty20 Blitz. He has been a successful and seasoned T20 campaigner in various shortest format leagues played throughout the world.
The right-hander last played for West Indies in the 2016 World T20. The Kings XI Punjab have played seven matches so far and won three and lost four of them.
Currently placed at the fifth spot, Kings XI Punjab would want Darren to add value to their team in the upcoming matches and lift their prospects. A T20 specialist, Darren had led West Indies to the 2016 World T20 title triumph with his inspiring captaincy.
With Kings XI Punjab struggling to find consistency, inclusion of an all-rounder like Darren would help revive their fortunes. Kings XI Punjab coach Virender Sehwag spent time with Darren during the practice nets at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.