Updated: September 17, 2020
Author: James Pacheco

IPL 2020 Preview: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

One of the Indian Premier League’s perennial underachievers will be hoping for greater success when the tournament kicks off this season. Kings XI Punjab are one of the weaker IPL teams and proof of that is that they’ve never won an IPL, despite being present in every edition. They just don’t seem to be able to learn from their mistakes. But before you dismiss KXIP from your IPL betting strategy for 2020, take a look at this guide.

They have some highly talented individuals in their squad—as every IPL team does—but the problems always seem to be a lack of balance and some poor decision-making, both on and off the field. In our Kings XI team preview, we’ll consider whether things may be different this time around.



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If you’re taking an IPL satta online, last season showed that Kings XI Punjab are the rank outsiders to win the title. They carry IPL 2020 odds of 10.00 from Betway and—like last time—that means they’re the same odds as the Rajasthan Royals, both considered no-hopers.

Traditionally, KXIP are one of the weakest IPL teams. But who in this Kings XI roster for 2020 is going to make them an attractive proposition in the online cricket betting markets?

Kings XI Punjab


Skipper KL Rahul is an absolute class act at the top of the order for the Kings XI, a brilliant driver of the ball and a big six-hitter when in the mood, as well. He’s piled on the runs in the IPL in recent years and it’s no surprise that he’s generally the favourite to top score for the Punjab franchise.

His only real rival in the Kings XI top batsman market is Glenn Maxwell. One of the most feared batsmen in world T20 cricket, his fearless approach, brilliant timing and ability to score in all areas, is priceless. It’s probably not worth looking beyond these two.

With the ball, it’s all about paceman and India regular Mohammad Shami and Afghani spinner Mujeeb Ul-Rahman. It’s worth remembering that this year’s edition will be in the UAE, not India, so it will be interesting to see if the wickets favour pace or spin.

Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham can win games with both bat and ball, so is one to keep an eye on in the man-of-the-match betting market.


When the retained player list for 2020 was released, Kings XI Punjab had three men commanding salaries of $1 million or higher. KL Rahul and Glenn Maxwell lead the way with $1.5 million, followed by Sheldon Cottrell at $1.2 million.

KXIP are not be the biggest payers among IPL teams. For example, the  veteran Jamaican Chris Gayle, earns a relatively low $280,000, despite holding plenty of IPL batting records. Nevertheless, there are some nice paychecks doing the rounds in this squad. But all players will need to pull together if Kings are to provide any value in the IPL 2020 odds markets.


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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 XI 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. 2019 saw them improve by all of one position, to sixth, following which an overhaul of the team took place. But will it help their fortunes in IPL 13 or should you look elsewhere for a matka IPL gambling options this year?

IPL Record

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

2008: Semifinalist
2009: Fifth
2010: Eighth
2011: Fifth
2012: Sixth
2013: Sixth
2014: Runner-up
2015: Eighth
2016: Eighth
2017: Eighth
2018: Seventh
2019: Sixth


One of the biggest deals in recent IPL history saw England all-rounder Sam Curran join KXIP for the 2019 campaign. However, the Surrey all-rounder was released soon after and he found a new home at the Chennai Super Kings this year.

But perhaps an even more significant loss was former skipper Ravi Ashwin, India’s first-choice Test spinner. Ashwin decided he’d had enough of life at the Kings XI  and was traded to the Delhi Capitals in a deal that saw left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith go the other way, plus INR 1.5 crores in cash for the Kings XI.

Other high-profile names released include long-serving David Miller, 2018 Purple Cap winner Andrew Tye and fellow Australian  Moises Henriques.

The overhaul therefore meant Kings XI had a whopping INR 42.70 crore to spend in the auction and they soon went about their purchases. As a result, Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies), Jimmy Neesham (New Zealand), Glenn Maxwell (Australia) and Chris Jordan (England) found their way in.

If you’re getting involved in online betting, 2020 gives you these exciting new arrivals. But will they be enough to provide a profit?


If you’re looking at Kings XI while taking an IPL satta online, 2020 will need to provide a balanced squad. Unlike last year, KXIP have a slightly better overseas roster to fall back on. Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Maxwell and  Mujeeb Ur-Rahman should be automatic choices. The fourth overseas slot  could go to  pacer Sheldon Cottrell, wicketkeeper-batsman  Nicolas Pooran or the legendary Chris Gayle, though he’s clearly past his best. Hardus Viljoen is a reliable back-up option,  if required.

In regard 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. Ashwin may play the role of lead spinner following his more illustrious namesake’s trade, while new captain KL Rahul will shoulder batting and keeping responsibilities. If we are to get involved in the IPL 2019 odds markets, we would like to see Kings start with this line-up.

1. Mandeep Singh.
2. KL Rahul
3. Mayank Agarwal
4. Glenn Maxwell.
5. Nicolas Pooran.
6. Deepak Hooda.
7. Jimmy Neeesham.
8. Krishnappa Gowtham
9. Jagadeesha Suchith
10. Mujeeb Ur-Rahman
11. Mohammed Shami

This isn’t a big squad. However, taking all available players into account, this is the lineup that Kings XI will want firing and cause a stir in the IPL betting markets for 2020.


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Kings XI Punjab have signed up some explosive batsmen over the years and at  the 2020 IPL,  it’s arguably in their middle-order that they look strong. The overseas trio of Maxwell, Pooran and Neesham is crucial to their chances.

Mujeeb Ur-Rahman is one of the best T20 spinners around and Maxwell and Neesham will give them good options with both bat and ball; not many teams have two overseas all-rounders of the quality the Kings have.

It also helps that Rahul and Shami are almost ever-presents in India’s T20 side and these two senior men will need to lead by example.


As we saw while trying to pick a starting XI the past few seasons, 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. 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 2020, that first XI needs to hit top form.

They look a quality opener short and don’t have that much to write home about in the pace department, either.

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 2020, that first XI needs to hit top form.


Whenever we see a Kings XI Punjab game, we are used to seeing Preity Zinta cheering on from the  side-lines. 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.


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.

But of course, all this is irrelevant for the 2020 edition. The whole tournament will be played in the UAE and this may actually be a blessing in disguise for the Kings XI. After all, having been so poor in previous editions, they have nothing to lose from everyone playing at venues that are somewhat alien to all IPL sides. So, it may level the playing field.


A reminder that this year’s IPL was postponed from its original late-March to May date, was thought to have been cancelled for the year with no window for it … only to be scheduled for September 19-November 10, after the T20 World Cup in Australia was postponed.

Their opening match of the tournament is on September 20 against the Delhi Capitals, the second game of the tournament.


Back Kings XI to finish Rock Bottom @ 5.0 with 10CRIC.

We’re simply not convinced by this Kings XI side and though they have a couple of game-changers, they are for our money, the weakest side in the competition. Their overseas players are absolutely fine, albeit maybe not at the same level as say those at the likes of Kolkata or Mumbai, but their local players aren’t of the same standard as those at other sides. It might help them to play in the UAE because things certainly haven’t worked out for them on Indian soil, but our view remains that they’re a good bet to finish rock bottom.

Back KL Rahul to be Kings XI Tournament Top Batsman

It’s always worth remembering that opening batsmen have the best chance of scoring the most runs because they can face the most balls. Ad to the equation that Rahul is a brilliant batsman, with a strong IPL record over the past few years and you can see why we’re so keen on him.


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

For more IPL 2020 team previews, top players and betting odds, click below:

Chennai Super Kings | Delhi Capitals | Kolkata Knight Riders | Mumbai Indians | Rajasthan Royals | Royal Challengers Bangalore | Sunrisers Hyderabad