IPL team preview: Kings XI Punjab
George Bailey as captain and the acquisition of Mitchell Johnson is sure to bring plenty more punch to a franchise capable of doing so above their weight.
<b>Captain</b>: George Bailey<br><b>Coach</b>: Sanjay Bangar<br><b>IPL Best</b>: Third (2008)<br><b>Cricket365 prediction:</b> Sixth
<b>Overview</b><br>Bailey as captain and the acquisition of Mitchell Johnson is sure to bring plenty more punch to a franchise capable of doing so above their weight. An IPL best of third position, some five years ago, is simply not good enough for a group of players that have promised so much more. On an individual note, this might be last-chance saloon to take a shot at a return to international cricket. Forgone by the Daredevils, eventually, he'll hope for a rebirth of sorts with Punjab.
<b>Key Batsman</b><br>Australian <b>Shaun Marsh</b> is the model of consistency, in the IPL at least. If not for his country, then for his adapted club, the talented left-hander is a welcome selection – and bound to find the fence more often than not.
<b>Key Bowler</b><br>There is no doubt about it. Left-armer <b>Mitchell Johnson</b> is world cricket's big thing at the moment. Having recovered from injury and raring to continue what he started against the poor English, Johnson will be a scary prospect.
<b>Likely Benchwarmer</b><br>South Africa's <b>Beuran Hendricks</b> became a millionaire overnight at the IPL player auction earlier this year – and has since gone onto relative success with his country. The IPL is arguably even a bigger stage, though, and he certainly won't beat fellow southpaw Johnson to a place in the first-choice XI.
<b>They Said:</b> "I have often said I really do enjoy the challenges of Indian wickets. I find that you can still get good bounce and pace out of them and I noticed that during the last IPL last year. It wasn't all just for the batsmen. I'm really excited playing on those wickets in India again and try and be intimidating as I have been in the last six months or so." – fast bowler <b>Mitchell Johnson</b>.
<b>Squad:</b> Virender Sehwag, George Bailey, Shaun Marsh, David Miller, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gurkeerat Singh, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Rishi Dhawan, Glenn Maxwell, Akshar Patel, Thisara Perera, Wriddhiman Saha, Parvinder Awana, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Beuran Hendricks, Mitchell Johnson, Murali Kartik, Anureet Singh, Karanveer Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shivam Sharma.
<b>Fixtures:</b><br>18 April: Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab<br>20 April: Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab<br>22 April: Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad<br>26 April: Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab<br>28 April: Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore<br>3 May: Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab<br>7 May: Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings<br>9 May: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab<br>11 May: Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders<br>14 May: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab<br>19 May: Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab<br>21 May: Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians<br>23 May: Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals<br>25 May: Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils
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