Frequently changing captains and coaches has hurt Punjab Kings (Kings XI Punjab) in the past and that is why the franchise has decided to work on a three-year plan under Anil Kumble and KL Rahul to take the side forward, co-owner Ness Wadia has said.
It was a roller-coaster ride for Punjab Kings (KXIP) this IPL. They lost six out of their first seven games before winning five in a row to storm back into play-off contention.
Rahul-led side needed to win its last league game against Chennai Super Kings to reach the top-four but it couldn’t.
Looking back at the recently-concluded season, Wadia said the umpiring error to call a short-run when it wasn’t cost the team a play-off berth though it did not show the required consistency in the first year under captain and coach combine of Rahul and Kumble.
“It is a new captain, new team with a lot of fresh faces, sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn’t.
The auction is coming up soon and we would be looking to plug the gaps in the middle-order and our bowling,” Wadia told PTI.
“The international players did not perform to the expected level,” he said referring to the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell, for whom KXIP paid big money at last year’s auction.
He also said that Chris Gayle, who was surprisingly not picked in the first half of the tournament, had done enough to be playing from game one next season.
On the speculation surrounding a ninth team for the next season, Wadia said it showed the ever-increasing interest in the world’s biggest T20 league and he would welcome the addition as long as it doesn’t hit existing teams financially.
Talking about the future under Kumble and Rahul, Wadia said: “We have a charted a three-year strategy with Anil.
We revamped this season and finished sixth and lost (the play-off spot) only by one game.
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