IPL Team – Kings XI Punjab
Team Name: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)
Founded in: 2008
Home City: Mohali (Chandigarh)
Home Ground(s): Punjab Cricket Association Ground, Mohali (Capacity: 28, 000) and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala (Capacity: 23, 000).
Owners: Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta, The Oberoi Group, Karan Paul and Mohit Burman (Dabur)
Titles Won: None
Official Website: kxip.in
Slogan: Born to win – Dhoom Punjabi
One of India’s business barons Ness Wadia along with his long term girl friend and popular Bollywood actresses, Preity Zinta bought the Mohali (Chandigarh) franchise of the IPL from the first ever IPL teams’ auction in the year 2008 for US$ 76 million. Along with Ness and Preity, the Oberoi Group, Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur Group) too became the partners. The home stadium for KXIP is the PCA Stadium in Mohali but under the expansion plans of IPL KXIP also has another home ground in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamsala, the HPCA Stadium since 2010.
KXIP in IPL
It was not good start at all for KXIP in the first ever season of IPL in 2008. But after loosing first two games, KXIP made a memorable comeback and won next 9 matches out of 10 and made their place in to the semis where they lost to Chennai Super Kings by 9 wickets.
Year 2009 was a mixed bag for KXIP as they managed to win a few matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians , but lost badly to Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings and could not make it to the semis that year.
It was a disastrous 3rd IPL for the KXIP as they lost six matches on the trot and has also managed to lose four more later in the season. All in all KXIP won only 4 matches out of 14 they played. A forgettable season for KXIP for sure.
A legal hurdle could have become a problem for KXIP in the year 2011 but thankfully it was sorted out well in time. Adam Gilchrist was bought from the auctions and Michael Bevan was made the coach, but KXIP lost their first match, won next three and then lost next five and as they lost the all important last league match they could not qualify for the semis.
Next year was almost the same for KXIP as they lost Adam Gilchrist for most of their season in 2012 due to injury. David Hussey was made the captain and after loosing first two matches KXIP won the next five out of 7 games. Gilly returned for the last but one league game and they won that game too, but lost the last league game and thus they were out of the competition.
2013 was another forgettable season for KXIP as it was in the year 2010 but the entire KXIP lot will remember that one inning by the South African player David Miller, who smashed the RCB boys round the park and scored 101* from 38 deliveries with 8 fours and 7 sixes.
Kings XI Punjab Team for IPL 7 (2014)
George Bailey (Captain), David Miller (Retained), Manan Vohra (Reained), Parvinder Awana (Right to Match Card), Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Beuran Hendricks, Murali Karthik, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Anureet Singh, Shivam Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Thissara Perera, Rishi Dhawan, Mandeep Singh, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Gurukeerat Mann, Wriddhiman Saha