Kings XI Punjab will make their entry to the 11th season of IPL on 8th April against Delhi Daredevils. Punjab were not able to secure the cup till now, and they are hoping for it under new recruit Ashwin's captaincy. Virender Sehwag led team supporters have good records in the format. Appointment of Venkatesh Prasad as their new bowling coach will help their bowling order for sure. Punjab from their initial seasons itself are known for their stronger batting line up. This year also, they recruited some star batsmen's who are capable of changing the game single handedly. Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle can rise on their days. David Miller and Yuvraj Singh will be the trump card in the middle order. In the year 2018, they are hoping their maiden IPL win, with the availability of some good players.
The team started their practice sessions in the end week of March. Some of the team members started arriving to the Bandra Stadium from 30th March on wards. Head coach Virender Sehwag was actively present in the session. He was busy with youngsters, giving tips on batting. The youngsters were also seen engaged with the coach. Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary had some good gym sessions in their initial days. Chris Gayle was engaged with warm up sessions and entertaining fans. Yuvaraj Singh and some domestic players were preparing for their first match. Yuvraj enjoyed his net sessions. Kings XI Punjab announced that head coach Sehwag will be back on the team as opener through twitter on April 1. But later Sehwag itself tweeted that it was a prank.In the following days they played some practice matches. Yuvraj Singh was impressive in these sessions.He blasted some massive sixes for his team and scored a fifty, indicating he is back in form. David Miller and some overseas players are yet to make the squad. Opener Aaron Finch will miss his initial few matches as he is getting married on April 7.
Ashwin didn't proved his captaincy skills. In his first opportunity, Ashwin got some responsibilities to lead the team to playoffs and further. Sehwag can entertain his students with his humors and his experience in the t20's will surely benefit the youngsters. If their explosive batsmen's made some fireworks along with the all rounders, they can add more runs to the scoreboard. It will reduce the pressure on bowlers. Although the pace attack looks weak, Andrew Tye and Mohit Sharma's experience will benefit the team. Ashwin led spin order will be the key fact for the teams bowling performance.