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IPL 2019, RR vs KXIP: Kings XI Punjab’s Predicted XI against Rajasthan Royals

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
Mar 25, 2019 10:36 AM IST

IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab take on Rajasthan Royals in their first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 in Jaipur. Here’s the Kings XI Punjab’s Predicted XI against Rajasthan Royals.

Kings XI Punjab take on Rajasthan Royals in their first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 in Jaipur on Monday. KXIP, which could not reach the play-offs last year, are expected to perform on a different note this year after retaining, as well as pocketing, some valuable players in the auction.

Kings XI Punjab player Chris Gayle during the practice session.(PTI)
Kings XI Punjab player Chris Gayle during the practice session.(PTI)

For KXIP, Varun Chakravarthy will be the spinner to look at. The mystery spinner, bagged by Punjab for a whopping Rs 8.4 crore, has six variations in his kitty: off-break, leg-break, flipper, top-spinner, carrom ball and the googly.

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Here’s the Kings XI Punjab’s Predicted XI against Rajasthan Royals -

Chris Gayle

The destructive left-hander is just six runs away from completing 4000 runs in the Indian Premier League and if he gets going at the top of the innings, it will be hard to stop the Kings XI Punjab juggernaut.

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KL Rahul

This year’s IPL will be extremely important for KL Rahul as he will be looking to make a successful comeback after the Koffee with Karan controversy and a good show in the tournament can seal his spot in the World Cup squad.

Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal had a good outing for India in the Test series against Australia and he will now be keen to make amends for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, after scoring only 120 runs in 11 games in IPL 2018.

Karun Nair

Karun Nair is a dependable choice at No. 4 for Kings XI Punjab and his prior performances in the IPL and on the international arena has proven his worth for any side.

Mandeep Singh

The new recruit scored 252 runs in 14 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season and this time, he will surely be looking to improve his record.

Ravichandran Ashwin

The skipper has been missing in action for quite some time due to injury concerns but all that is in the past and against Rajasthan Royals, he will surely be looking to spin his team to victory.

Sam Curran

Kings XI Punjab paid a massive 7.20 Crore to acquire the services of Sam Curran and the amount is a clear indication of how much the team values the England all-rounder who performed brilliantly against India.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

The 17-year-old spinner from Afghanistan was brilliant for Kings XI Punjab last year and the spinner was retained by the management as he will be looking to bamboozle the batsmen once again this season.

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Andrew Tye

With 24 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.66, Andrew Tye was the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2018 and this year, he will once again be leading the Kings XI Punjab bowling attack.

Varun Chakravarthy

The all-rounder from Tamil Nadu has a lot to prove after commanding a massive auction fee of 8.40 Crore but if his past records are any indication, he can turn out to be asset for his IPL side.

Mohammad Shami

Shami enjoyed a brilliant run of form against Australia in the recently concluded ODI series and with the World Cup just around the corner, this will be a great place for him to gain some momentum.

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