A workhorse in the domestic set-up to an on-off India player due to repeated breakdowns over the last year, Praveen Kumar has seen it all. Kaushik Chatterji reports.
Ahead of the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals made a fresh bid to settle their differences with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Kings XI Punjab need to train harder to get their campaign back on track, captain Adam Gilchrist said after his team’s second successive loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Sunday night.
Already in the dumps, the Kings XI face an avoidable problem as the arrival of Azhar Mahmood, the former Pakistani all-rounder who is now a British citizen, has been delayed as he faces trouble getting his visa to play in the IPL.
The batting heroics for Kings XI Punjab in the first IPL season — 616 runs at an average of 68 — kick-started his Australia career.
Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, who is now a British citizen, has finally got an Indian visa and would be joining his IPL team Kings XI Punjab soon, skipper Adam Gilchrist said.
The IPL, no matter how entertaining and democratic it may be, reaching out as it does to people beyond cricket boffins, will forever be more visible as a tournament played by famous players who have peaked a while ago and are delaying their future as cricket commentators and less Red Bulled companion-pundits to Navjot Sidhu. Indrajit Hazra
Expecting loyalty to be acknowledged when the face of the team himself isn't assured is a tall ask. However, Harmeet Singh's faith in Adam Gilchrist - the Kings XI skipper and coach - has gone up manifold after the former Australian great took him under his wings, once again.
Comprehensively beaten on their home turf by Kolkata Knight Riders, a disappointed Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist said his team failed as a batting unit.
Thanks to the IPL, the duration of basking in domestic glory has been curtailed. Once the league starts, it isn't always a cakewalk for the top performers in Indian first class and List A cricket.
Gilchrist will miss another game but hopes his team will improve their dismal record against host Chennai Super Kings. Shalabh Manocha reports. Face-off
Delhi boy Parvinder Awana has become a key man for the Kings XI Punjab, but had his uncle not pushed him into cricket, Awana would have been either catching criminals or farming. Shalabh Manocha
With young domestic cricketers helping them remain in hunt for the Indian Premier League title, Kings XI Punjab co-owner and noted industrialist Ness Wadia feels that for the franchise, IPL is about discovering unknown talents.
The last over bowled by Azhar Mahmood was a captain's dream. Not only did he give away just four runs but also picked up two wickets. Anand Sachar reports. Scorecard