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IPL 2020: Predicted Line-Up Of KXIP This Season

Kings XI Punjab bought two of the costliest players of IPL 2020 as they roped in Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell. The 2014 finalists have once again accumulated a good squad and will hope that this time around they not only make the IPL final but win the much-coveted trophy as well. Having got a well-rounded squad, KXIP have a tough task of figuring out the best possible predicted line-up for the tournament which can help them win maximum number of matches. KXIP have bought as many as nine players in the recently concluded IPL 2020 auctions

In this article, we will try to figure three best possible predicted line-ups of Kings XI Punjab. 

The Best Possible Predicted Line-Up of KXIP

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle/ Nicholas Pooran, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammed Shami, K Gowtham, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman

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KL Rahul and Chris Gayle formed a formidable opening pair for KXIP in the past two seasons. However, things are a little different for the Universe Boss this season. He is 40 and his age is a factor that might see him getting benched. In such a scenario, Nicholas Pooran might open with Rahul at the top. Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell make the KXIP middle-order a very strong one.

Mohammed Shami will lead the bowling attack. He has Sheldon Cottrell for company from the other end. The Windies left-armer is one of the best T20 bowlers at the moment and has a few tricks up his sleeve. He was one of the most wanted players in the IPL auctions and KXIP finally managed to rope him in. Tried and tested spinners Murugan Ashwin and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman form the spin duo with Krishnappa Gowtham, KXIP’s new recruit being the third spinner in the line-up.

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On a given day, this is the best possible predicted line-up that Kings XI Punjab can play. 

Batting Heavy Predicted Line-up of KXIP

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Jimmy Neesham, Mohammed Shami, K Gowtham, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman / Sheldon Cottrell 

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A closer look at the KXIP squad will make it evident that batting is the strength of the side. There are some big names like Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Rahul himself, Nicholas Pooran and Jimmy Neesham who can tonk the ball a long way. All of these batsmen might make it to the batting heavy predicted line-up of the team. However, the toss-up will be likely between Gayle and Pooran and despite Gayle’s age, he is likely to pip Pooran over. Maxwell should find a partner in Neesham lower-down the order to add depth to the line-up with one of the overseas bowlers being dropped.

One of either Cottrell or Mujeeb who will the regular members of the side might have to sit out. In such a scenario, the Indian bowlers will have to take the onus upon themselves to produce the results. Also, Maxwell, who is an all-rounder can chip in with his off-spin when the team is a bowler short.

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Bowling Heavy Predicted Line-up of KXIP

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Jimmy Neesham, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohd Shami, Chris Jordan, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, K Gowtham/ M Ashwin

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England pacer Chris Jordan has the reputation of being a good death bowler and in case KXIP wants to add more fuel to their bowling attack Jordan is the man for the job. An international bowler of good repute, Jordan along with Cottrell and Shami can form a good trio with the ball. In case they want options in the spin department, KXIP can also field three spinners in Mujeeb, Ashwin and Gowtham. This gives them six bowling options in total along with Maxwell and Neesham. 

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In such a scenario, Gayle and Pooran might both get dropped. KL Rahul can open with Mayank Agarwal with Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Maxwell and Neesham being the batting options.

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