With the IPL knocking on the door, Kings XI are set to bid for their so far untouchable feat, that is to win the tournament.
With a decent team that they have managed to wrap up in the auctions, the Punjab coach Virender Sehwag believes that their team can really thrive this season under the guidance of the new captain and some familiar old faces.
Punjab went on to buy Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle in the auction, both are devastating batsmen on their day but having a lean patch off late. But Sehwag stated that the players will be value of the money that was spent on them. Both the players were available for INR 2 crore and it can be a steal if the veterans perform as they are expected to do so.
“It is great that they have come to us at their base price (INR 2 crore for both). It is surely a bargain. Who knows if there were more bidders, they could have gone as high as USD 1 million. They are big names and match winners, even if they win two-three games for us, we would get the return on investment,” Sehwag said.
Virender Sehwag with Kings XI Punjab Owner Preity Zinta
Gayle currently helped Windies to get a berth at the 2019 World Cup while Yuvraj recently stated that he at best has two or three more IPLs in his career, which he must be looking to end on a high at his hometown franchise.
Sehwag also added that they have a bunch of good Indian batsmen this year and that will really help them to reach the next level in the tournament.
“Last few years, our Indian players were not that good, except Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel,” Sehwag said.
Axar Patel has been the only player retained by KXIP
“That was one gap. If you want to win the IPL, you have to have good Indian players. We have four to five of them this time. We were also struggling with Indian batting line-up, which could hold the innings together. Guys like [KL] Rahul, [Karun] Nair and Manoj Tiwary can hold the middle order.”