IPL Kings XI Punjab
Pune, April 9: Rajasthan Royals would look to adapt quickly to their new ‘home ground’ when they lock horns with last season’s runner-up Kings XI Punjab in their campaign opener in the Indian Premier League here tomorrow.
The Royals, who have three 2015 World Cup winners in Shane Watson, Steven Smith and Jame Faulkner, would look to Chris Morris, their costliest buy at Rs 1.4 crore, for a positive start.
Morris was bought for his all-round skills and will be expected to partner Faulkner in that department. With the ball, Morris produced a record performance for Lions in the Ram Slam T20 last year.
But a big challenge for Royals would be adapting to a new home after their actual home ground of Jaipur was taken off the roster owing to the dispute in the Rajasthan Cricket Association.
With captain Watson and Stuart Binny playing all-round roles as well, chief coach Paddy Upton feels Morris’ inclusion gives Royals a lot of options.
They have also brought in two leg-spinners in Dinesh Salunkhe and Pardeep Sahu, and could play decisive roles for the team in this format.
Smith, meanwhile, comes in to the IPL on the back of an awe-inspiring performance in the year gone by. He has scored 2096 runs in 31 international matches across all formats at a brilliant average of 69.86, which includes eight hundreds.
During this period, he captained Australia’s Test side and was their leading run-scorer (402 at an average of 67, including an unbeaten fifty in the final) in a winning World Cup campaign.
Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey, who did not get to spend much time in the middle last season, aggregated 257 runs at a strike rate of 135.26.
But it was Glenn Maxwell – 552 runs at a strike rate of 187.75 – who was the team’s trump card in the previous IPL. In the company of South African dasher David Miller and the Indian trio of Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra and Wriddhiman Saha, Maxwell could well be the key to the team’s fortunes this season as well.
‘We have a well balanced team’
That intimidating batting order has been further beefed up by the addition of Murali Vijay. The bowling department also looks solid with Australian tearaway Mitchell Johnson leading the pacers pack.
“Last year was a good season for us and we would want to carry on the winning spree this season as well,” coach Sanjay Bangar said on the sidelines of KXIP’s pre-season camp here.
“We have a well balanced team and the entire coaching staff is positive about the teams performance. As a part of this camp, we will focus towards working on the strengths and improvement areas of the players and look forward to a great tournament.”
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Beuran Hendricks, David Miller, George Bailey (captain), Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karanveer Singh, Manan Vora, Mitchell Johnson, Parvinder Awana, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Shivam Sharma, Thisara Perera, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalkar
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (captain), Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ankit Nagendra Sharma, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dishant Yagnik, James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Karun Nair, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Rajat Bhatia, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Stuart Binny, Tim Southee, Vikramjeet Malik, Chris Morris, Juan Theron, Barinder Singh Saran, Dinesh Salunkhe, Sagar Trivedi, Pardeep Sahu.
Match starts at 8 PM IST
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Commenting on the announcement, Fraser Castellino, COO, Kings XI Punjab stated, “We are really happy to welcome all of our sponsors who have renewed their association with us since last season and extend a special welcome to the new partners joining us this year. We stand committed to delivering a solid on-ground performance and hope this will help all of our partners benefit from their association with Kings XI Punjab.”
Kings XI Punjab will play their first match on April 10 against Rajasthan Royals at MCA International Stadium, Pune.
Mohali, April 5: Boasting an array of dazzling stroke makers and heady mix of experience and exuberance, Kings XI Punjab, having finished runners-up in the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), are raring to go one step better this time.
Having faltered to deceive in earlier editions of the cash-rich cricket league, Kings XI emerged as the team to beat in the last edition, riding on the sustained explosive performances from Australian dasher Glenn Maxwell and South African David Miller.
Beside the presence of seasoned campaigners like aggressive bat Virender Sehwag and pacer Mitchell Johnson, the exciting Indian contingent of Wriddhiman Saha, Axar Patel and Manan Vohra made the Kings a force to reckon with. However, Maxwell, who played a key role in Australia’s world cup triumph, will continue to be the key.
Armed with a repertoire of unconventional shots, Maxwell is known for taking the attack to the opposition irrespective of the situation. In addition he can bowl right-arm off-spin, bat anywhere in the middle-order and like most Australians is a fantastic fielder.
Led by the assuring captain-coach duo of George Bailey and Sanjay Bangar, the Kings have enough firepower in both the batting and bowling departments that make them one of the contenders for the title.
With Sehwag and Vijay – the only Indians to have cracked two IPL tons each – at the top and the likes of Saha, Bailey, Miller, Maxwell and Shaun Marsh in the ranks, the Kings arguably have the best batting line-up.
Spearheading the bowling attack, lanky Australian pacer Johnson will have able support in Sandeep Sharma and Shardul Thakur, who with 48 wickets has emerged as the joint highest wicket taker in this year’s Ranji trophy. Known for his discipline spin bowling, Kings would look up to left armer Axar Patel, who in the last season played a pivotal role snatching 17 wickets in as many matches.
In Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manan Vohra and Rishi Dhawan, the Kings have three promising youngsters while they can always rely on Sri lankan Thisara Perera, who emerged as a prolific all-rounder in limited-overs cricket lately. His aggressive batting style and ability to pick crucial wickets make him a crucial player.
Indian Players: Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket keeper), Axar Patel, Murali Vijay, Anureet Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karanveer Singh, Manan Vohra, Parvinder Awana, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shivam Sharma, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalkar
Foreign signings: George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Beuran Hendricks, David Miller, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Thisara Perera.
Team Schedule-Home matches: vs Rajasthan Royals (April 10), vs Delhi Daredevils (April 15), vs Kolkata Knight Riders (April 18), vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (April 27), vs Mumbai Indians (May 3), vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 13), vs Chennai Super Kings (May 16)
Away matches: vs Mumbai Indians (April 12), vs Rajasthan Royals (April 21), vs Chennai Super Kings (April 25), vs Delhi Daredevils (May 1), vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 6), vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May9), vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 11)
IPL Record: 2008-semi-finalist; 2009-5th; 2010-last; 2011-5th; 2012-6th; 2013-6th; 2014-runners up.
Following are the players who will be seen in action in IPL season 8
Chennai Super Kings – MS Dhoni, Ashish Nehra, Baba Aparajith, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ishwar Pandey, Matt Henry, Mithun Manhas, Mohit Sharma, Pawan Negi, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Samuel Badree, Suresh Raina, Ronit More.
Purchased in Auctions – Michael Hussey, Rahul Sharma, Kyle Abbott, Irfan Pathan, Pratyush Singh, Ankush Bains, Eklavya Dwivedi, Andrew Tye
Jean-Paul Duminy, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton De Kock, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Imran Tahir, Jayant Yadav.
Purchased in Auctions – Angelo Mathews, Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Jaydev Unadkat, Gurinder Sandhu, Shreyas Iyer, CM Gautam, Dominic Muthuswamy, Albie Morkel, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Kona Srikar Bharat, KK Jiyaz, Zaheer Khan
Kings XI Punjab
Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Beuran Hendricks, David Miller, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karanveer Singh, Manan Vora, Mitchell Johnson, Parvinder Awana, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Shivam Sharma, Thisara Perera, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha
Purchased in Auctions – Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalkar
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Morne Morkel, Patrick Cummins, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Yusuf Pathan
Purchased in Auctions – James Neesham, Brad Hogg, Aditya Garhwal, Sumit Narwal, KC Cariappa, Vaibhav Rawal, Sheldon Jackson.
>Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu, Corey Anderson, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Keiron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Marchant de Lange, Pawan Suyal, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Unmukt Chand, R Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel
Purchased in Auctions – Aaron Finch, Pragyan Ojha, Mitchell McClenaghan, Akshay Wakhare, Aiden Blizzard, Hardik Pandya, Siddhesh Lad, J Suchith, Nitish Rana, Abhimanyu Mithun
Shane Watson, Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ankit Nagendra Sharma, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dishant Yagnik, James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Karun Nair, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Rajat Bhatia, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Stuart Binny, Tim Southee, Vikramjeet Malik
Purchased in Auctions – Chris Morris, Juan Theron, Barinder Singh Saran, Dinesh Salunkhe, Sagar Trivedi, Pardeep Sahu
Royal Challengers Bangalore
>Virat Kohli, AB de Villers, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Rilee Rossouw, Vijay Zol, Yogesh Takawale, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Ashoke Dinda, Sandeep Warrier, Manvinder Bisla, Iqbal Abdullah
Purchased in Auctions – Dinesh Karthik, Subramaniam Badrinath, Darren Sammy, Sean Abbott, Adam Milne, David Wiese, Jalaj Saxena, Sarfaraz Naushad Khan, Shishir Bhavane
Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Reddy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chama Milind, Dale Steyn, David Warner, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Parveez Rasool, Ricky Bhui
Purchased in Auctions – Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Ravi Bopara, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Praveen Kumar, Trent Boult, Hanuma Vihari, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Siddarth Kaul.
The 8th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 8) Twenty20 tournament will get under way in Kolkata on 8 April with defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders facing Mumbai Indians. 60 matches, over 47 days, will be played and the final will be hosted by Kolkata at Eden Gardens on 24 May (Sunday). The full schedule for IPL 8 was today released by BCCI.
Full Schedule of IPL 2015 (8 April to 24 May) All times in IST
- Teams (8): Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Daredevils (DD), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
- Venues (11): Eden Gardens (Kolkata), M Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bengaluru), MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai), Ferozeshah Kotla (Delhi), Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Hyderabad), MCA International Stadium (Pune), Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai), Sardar Patel Stadium (Ahmedabad), PCA Stadium (Mohali), ACA-VDCA Stadium (Visakhapatnam), Chhattisgarh International Cricket Stadium (Raipur).
Match 1 – 8 April (Wednesday) – KKR Vs MI (Kolkata) 8 PM
Match 2 – 9 April (Thursday) – CSK Vs DD (Chennai) 8 PM
Match 3 – 10 April (Friday) – KXIP Vs RR (Pune) 8 PM
Match 4 – 11 April (Saturday) – CSK Vs SRH (Hyderabad) 4 PM
Match 5 – 11 April – KKR Vs RCB (Bengaluru) 8 PM
Match 6 – 12 April (Sunday) – DD Vs RR (Delhi) 4 PM
Match 7 – 12 April – MI Vs KXIP (Mumba) 8 PM
Match 8 – 13 April (Monday) – RCB Vs SRH (Bengaluru) 8 PM
Match 9 – 14 April (Tuesday) – RR Vs MI (Ahmedabad) 4 PM
Match 10 – 14 April – KKR Vs CSK (Kolkata) 8 PM
Match 11 – 15 April (Wednesday) – KXIP Vs DD (Pune) 8 PM
Match 12 – 16 April (Thursday) – SRH Vs RR (Visakhapatnam) 8 PM
Match 13 – 17 April (Friday) – MI Vs CSK (Mumbai) 8 PM
Match 14 – 18 April (Saturday) – SRH Vs DD (Visakhapatnam) 4 PM
Match 15 – 18 April – KXIP Vs KKR (Pune) 8 PM
Match 16 – 19 April (Sunday) – RR Vs CSK (Ahmedabad) 4 PM
Match 17 – 19 April – RCB Vs MI (Bengaluru) 8 PM
Match 18 – 20 April (Monday) – DD Vs KKR (Delhi) 8 PM
Match 19 – 21 April (Tuesday) – RR Vs KXIP (Ahmedabad) 8 PM
Match 20 – 22 April (Wednesday) – SRH Vs KKR (Visakhapatnam) 4 PM
Match 21 – 22 April – RCB Vs CSK (Bengaluru) 8 PM
Match 22 – 23 April (Thursday) – DD Vs MI (Delhi) 8 PM
Match 23 – 24 April (Friday) – RR Vs RCB (Ahmedabad) 8 PM
Match 24 – 25 April (Saturday) – MI Vs SRH (Mumbai) 4 PM
Match 25 – 25 April – CSK Vs KXIP (Chennai) 8 PM
Match 26 – 26 April (Sunday) – KKR Vs RR (Kolkata) 4 PM
Match 27 – 26 April – DD Vs RCB (Delhi) 8 PM
Match 28 – 27 April (Monday) – KXIP Vs SRH (Mohali) 8 PM
Match 29 – 28 April (Tuesday) – KKR Vs DD (Kolkata) 8 PM
Match 30 – 29 April (Wednesday) – RCB Vs RR (Bengaluru) 8 PM
Match 31 – 30 April (Thursday) – CSK Vs KKR (Chennai) 8 PM
Match 32 – 1 May (Friday) – DD Vs KXIP (Delhi) 4 PM
Match 33 – 1 May – MI Vs RR (Mumbai) 8 PM
Match 34 – 2 May (Saturday) – RCB Vs KKR (Bengaluru) 4 PM
Match 35 – 2 May – SRH Vs CSK (Hyderabad) 8 PM
Match 36 – 3 May (Sunday) – KXIP Vs MI (Mohali) 4 PM
Match 37 – 3 May – RR Vs DD (Venue to be confirmed) 8 PM
Match 38 – 4 May (Monday) – CSK Vs RCB (Chennai) 4 PM
Match 39 – 4 May – KKR Vs SRH (Kolkata) 8 PM
Match 40 – 5 May (Tuesday) – MI Vs DD (Mumbai) 8 PM
Match 41 – 6 May (Wednesday) – RCB Vs KXIP (Bengaluru) 8 PM
Match 42 – 7 May (Thursday) – RR Vs SRH (Venue to be confirmed) 8 PM
Match 43 – 8 May (Friday) – CSK Vs MI (Chennai) 8 PM
Match 44 – 9 May (Saturday) – KKR Vs KXIP (Kolkata) 4 PM
Match 45 – 9 May – DD Vs SRH (Raipur) 8 PM
Match 46 - 10 May (Sunday) – MI Vs RCB (Mumbai) 4 PM
Match 47 – 10 May – CSK Vs RR (Chennai) 8 PM
Match 48 – 11 May (Monday) – SRH Vs KXIP (Hyderabad) 8 PM
Match 49 – 12 May (Tuesday) – DD Vs SRH (Raipur) 8 PM
Match 50 – 13 May (Wednesday) – KXIP Vs RCB (Mohali) 8 PM
Match 51 – 14 May (Thursday) – MI Vs KKR (Mumbai) 8 PM
Match 52 – 15 May (Friday) – SRH Vs RCB (Hyderabad) 8 PM
Match 53 – 16 May (Saturday) – KXIP Vs CSK (Mohali) 4 PM
Match 54 – 16 May – RR Vs KKR (Venue to be confirmed) 8 PM
Match 55 – 17 May (Sunday) – RCB Vs DD (Bengaluru) 4 PM
Match 56 – 17 May – SRH Vs MI (Hyderabad) 8 PM
End of league phase
18 May – REST DAY
Match 57 – Qualifier 1 – 19 May (Tuesday) (Venue to be confirmed) 8 PM
Match 58 – Eliminator – 20 May (Wednesday) (Venue to be confirmed) 8 PM
21 May – REST DAY
Match 59 – Qualifier 2 - 22 May (Friday) (Venue to be confirmed)
23 MAY – REST DAY
Match 60 – FINAL – 24 May (Sunday) (Kolkata) 8 PM
Chennai Super Kings are regulars in the end of the season playoffs in this competition but they have lost their leading run scorer from last season in Michael Hussey and his opening partner Murali Vijay has also gone for the Super Kings will be looking for a new opening pair. Dwayne Smith has come in from Mumbai and is set to open the batting. Chennai look to lack a bit of depth in their seam bowling department.
IPL 7 CSK vs KXIP Match 3
Date : 18 April 2014 Time : 10:30 GMT – 02:30 Local – 16:00 IST
Venue : Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Kings XI Punjab have undergone some big changes in the close season. Regulars in Mohali like David Hussey and Adam Gilchrist are no more but there is still an Australian feel to their side with Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell among their overseas players. Virender Sehwag has been prized away from Delhi to open the batting while the likes of Parvinder Awana and Mandeep Singh will bolster the bowling options.