IPL 2019 Preview: Kings XI Punjab

One of the Indian Premier League’s underachievers will be hoping for greater success when the tournament comes around again in 2019. Kings XI Punjab are one of the weaker IPL teams. Before you dismiss KXIP from your IPL betting strategy for 2019, though, take a look at this guide.

They have some seriously talented individuals in their squad. And following some shrewd auction purchases, they will be hopeful of creating an upset this year.

What are Kings XI Punjab’s Odds to win the 2019 IPL Title?

If you’re taking an IPL Satta online 2019 shows that Kings XI Punjab are the rank outsiders to win the title. They carry IPL 2019 odds of 10.00 from Betway and that gives them the longest price of any of the eight franchises.

Traditionally, there are one of the weakest IPL teams. But who in this Kings XI roster for 2019 is going to make them an attractive proposition in the online cricket betting markets?

Kings XI Punjab

Who are the best players on the Kings XI Punjab Squad?

One of the biggest deals in recent IPL history saw England all-rounder Sam Curran join up with KXIP for the 2019 campaign. The Surrey man scores useful runs late in the order. And Kings will be hoping that Curran’s left arm seam can pick up early wickets in the Powerplay.

In terms of batting, Kings XI Punjab fans will be delighted to see the powerful West Indian Chris Gayle back for IPL 12. The big left hander from Jamaica was picked up, almost as an afterthought, at the 2018 auction. And he’s back to provide excitement at the top of the order for another year.

Meanwhile, David Miller can add quick runs in the later overs. And Andrew Tye, who claimed the Purple Cap as leading bowler in 2018, completes a small, but exciting, overseas contingent.

R Ashwin was another important buy in the 2018 auction. In fact, he is the best known domestic player in the Kings XI Punjab squad. Ashwin’s bowling and clever captaincy saw Kings off to a strong start at IPL 11. That’s before they faded in the second half of the groups. Elsewhere, KL Rahul will need to put a difficult year behind him and lead a domestic batting group. This includes Mayank Agarwal, who is prolific in red ball cricket.

Who are the highest paid players in the Kings XI Punjab Squad?

When the retained player list for 2019 was released, Kings XI Punjab had three men commanding salaries of $1 million or higher. KL Rahul leads the way with $1.5 million, followed by R Ashwin at $1.1 million. Meanwhile, Andrew Tye just makes it to three figures at $1 million.

KXIP are not be the biggest payers among IPL teams. For example, the big star, Chris Gayle, earns a relatively low $278,000. Of the new players to sign up in 2019, Sam Curran also bursts through the million dollar mark to become the highest earning new player in this year’s tournament.

There are some big salaries among the lower fees in this squad. But all players will need to pull together if Kings are to provide any value in the IPL 2019 odds markets.

Kings XI Punjab History

Kings XI Punjab have been in every Indian Premier League since it began in 2008. They haven’t always challenged for honours, though. However, their squad has always contained talented players who make them a tempting proposition in the IPL betting markets.

Their first campaign was a positive one. After a slow start, KXIP eventually made it to the 2008 semi finals, where they were beaten by the Chennai Super Kings. 2009 then saw them narrowly miss out on a place in the knockouts. The following year, they subsequently finished last in the group table.

Decline set in and Kings fans would have to wait until 2014 before their side made it through to the knockouts once again. They started as outsiders in the online cricket betting markets for IPL 7. However, Kings XI Punjab defied the odds by making it all the way to the final. Led by George Bailey and fired by the power hitting of Glenn Maxwell, KXIP were confident of their first title. But Kolkata Knight Riders came through thanks to Manish Pandey’s 94 from 50 balls.

Since that moment, it has been a series of disappointment for Kings XI. In fact, they haven’t been out of the knockouts since. In 2018, a strong start saw R Ashwin’s men in the top four, but a slump eventually resulted in a seventh position. Can they improve at IPL 12 or should you look elsewhere for a matka gambling option this year?

Notable Player Movement

That purchase of Sam Curran was the biggest deal for Kings XI Punjab. Actually, it’s up there with the biggest purchases for all IPL teams since the tournament began. The Surrey all-rounder makes his debut in the competition. After a stellar year in an England shirt, though, his contribution will be vital if there is to be any interest in KXIP in the online cricket betting markets.

Kings XI were also very active in the transfer market. They picked up Mandeep Singh from RCB and he can provide useful runs down the order. Moises Henriques also joins up for 2019. The Aussie is a useful all rounder with many years of IPL experience.

In terms of domestic players, Mohammed Shami could prove to be the best acquisition of all. He has enjoyed great success with the Indian national team in all forms of the game and will surely take the new ball for KXIP in 2019. Murugan Ashwin and Hardus Viljoen will also aim to be involved in a new-look bowling unit.

Among the released players is Marcus Stoinis, who will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore this year. Meanwhile, patience with Yuvraj Singh has finally run out. Yuvi demanded some big IPL paydays, but rarely delivered. If you’re getting involved in online betting, 2019 gives you these new arrivals. But will they be enough to provide a profit?

Season by Season Record

Here is a record of KXIP’s finishes in the Indian Premier League since the tournament began in 2008:

2008: Beaten Semi Finalists
2009: Fifth
2010: Eighth
2011: Fifth
2012: Sixth
2013: Sixth
2014: Beaten Finalists
2015: Eighth
2016: Eighth
2017: Eighth
2018: Seventh

Notable Facts About Kings XI Punjab

All of the following records are up to date as of the end of IPL 11 in 2018.

Who are the Owners of Kings XI Punjab?

Whenever we see a Kings XI Punjab game, we are used to seeing Preity Zinta cheering on from the sidelines. However, she is just one of four franchise owners. Kings XI Punjab are split between Zinta, Ness Wadia of the Wadia Group, Mohit Burman and Karan Paul.

Essentially, Preity Zinta is the face of Kings XI’s board and something of an ambassador for the franchise. Nevertheless, a powerful group of four owns the whole.

Where do Kings XI Punjab play?

Kings XI Punjab’s base is in Mohali. The team play at the PCA Stadium in the city, which has a capacity of 26,000. Furthermore, KXIP are a better option in the online cricket betting markets when they are on home turf.

There have been times when KXIP have needed to play elsewhere and their secondary ground is the Holkar Stadium at Indore. This is actually bigger than the PCA Stadium with a capacity of 30,000. But it does take Kings XI Punjab away from their main fanbase.

Kings XI Punjab 2019 IPL Complete Fixtures

 

Date/Time Match Number Opponent Home/Away Venue
Monday, March 25th, 2019 (Evening) 4 Rajasthan Royals Away Sawhi Mansingh Stadium
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 (Evening) 6 Kolkata Knight Riders Away Eden Gardens
Saturday, March 30th, 2019 (Afternoon) 9 Mumbai Indians Home Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
Monday, April 1st, 2019 (Evening) 13 Delhi Capitals Home Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
Saturday, April 6th, 2019 (Afternoon) 18 Chennai Super Kings Away M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
Monday, April 8th, 2019 (Evening) 22 Sunrisers Hyderabad Home Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 (Evening) 24 Mumbai Indians Away Wankhede Stadium
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 (Evening) 28 Royal Challengers Bangalore Home BangalorePunjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 (Evening) 32 Rajasthan Royals Home BangalorePunjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
Saturday, April 20th, 2019 (Evening) 37 Delhi Capitals Away Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 (Evening) 42 Royal Challengers Bangalore Away M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Monday, April 29th, 2019 (Evening) 48 Sunrisers Hyderabad Away Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Friday, May 3rd, 2019 (Evening) 52 Kolkata Knight Riders Home Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
Sunday, May 5th, 2019 (Afternoon) 55 Chennai Super Kings Home Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium

Projected 2019 Starting Line Up

If you’re looking at Kings XI while taking an IPL Satta online, 2019 will need to provide a balanced squad. Unlike other franchises, KXIP don’t have a big overseas roster. Chris Gayle, Sam Curran and Andrew Tye should therefore be automatic choices. The question then, is whether to add the batting strength of David Miller or to include the mystery spin of Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

In regards to their domestic players, there are some obvious choices again, while other Indian stars will have to wait for squad rotation to give them a chance. R Ashwin is the key spinner, while KL Rahul has been a reliable run scorer for KXIP in the past. If we are to get involved in the IPL 2019 odds markets, we would like to see Kings start with this lineup.

1. Chris Gayle
2. KL Rahul
3. Mayank Agarwal
4. Mandeep Singh
5. David Miller
6. Karun Nair
7. Sam Curran
8. R Ashwin
9. Andrew Tye
10. Ankit Rajpoot
11. Mohammed Shami

This isn’t a big squad. However, back up options include Moises Henriques, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Hardus Viljoen. Taking all available players into account, this is the XI that Kings XI need to cause a stir in the IPL betting markets for 2019.

Team Strengths

Kings XI Punjab have signed up some explosive batsmen over the years. At the 2019 IPL, though, bowling looks to be their stronger suit. Andrew Tye, with all of his variations, is such a difficult seamer in T20 cricket. And his new ball partnership with the in-form Mohammed Shami will be crucial for KXIP this year.

Kings XI have perfect balance. Especially with the all-round capabilities of Sam Curran and the spin of R Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. There are some fast scorers in the batting department, too. However, this is still possibly the best first-choice bowling attack in the entire competition.

Team Weaknesses

As we saw while trying to pick a starting XI for 2019, this is one of those IPL teams that may lack strength in depth. Kings XI Punjab may be able to field a powerful first choice XI. However, injuries or a loss of form, however, could expose that weakness.

It’s an issue that has plagued many KXIP teams in the past. Therefore, if there is going to be an option for matka gambling in 2019, that first XI needs to hit top form.

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