Kings XI Punjab have picked some high-quality players in the recent VIVO Indian Premier League auctions. Now all that is left is to fit the right players in the right place in the playing XI. However, that is much easier said than done considering the various players and their particular strengths.
Recently, we tried to decode the mystery of the playing XI and got a lot of feedback from our fans. Here are a few of the remarks from social media that caught our eye, particularly those who put pen to paper.
Finch shoul bat on 5 down pic.twitter.com/X9w12emz2M— Sanjay Kumar (@SanjayK91583879) April 1, 2018
There were three potential XIs that we had put out and most had a common choice.
Probable XI-2. But an extra batsmen can be played because Stoinis & Yuvi can bowl too.— ajay verma (@ajay7490verma) March 31, 2018
I would not slot KL beyond No.3 (pls no more experiments with him at No.4) & Finch beyond opening. Hence probable XIs 1 & 3 will be ruled out. Mayank was most effective at opening, that momentum gained during domestic season should continue. Probable XI 2 looks the best to me.— Yo Yo Tester (@noise_segar) March 31, 2018
There are plenty of permutations and combinations possible so there was plenty of opportunity available.
Finch is more dangerous at no. 4 ! Gayle should be open along with KL rahul. 😊— Parvas (@imParvas7) March 31, 2018
Hard hitting Mazoor Dar shlule be there too.Played as finisher for Jk in Domestic t20's could well be triump card for u as well..— Arif choudhary (@Imarifchoudhary) March 31, 2018
Not to mention strategic thoughts and rationale on who goes where and why.
While some were hoping for Virender Sehwag to be in the mix after our cheeky little announcement on April Fool’s Day
Speaking of openers, a good start can win you the game more often than not. With that in mind, we had a special for the team’s opening combination as well. There was a universal choice for the Universe Boss to start the proceedings alongside a bunch of strong options.
Gayle and KL Raghul would be the perfect pair as it has a perfect balance. And not only that Finch can play a spot down which he already did in last ipl still able to destroy blowers. If Gayle misses out there we have Finch in. 😁— Manoj Chander (@ManojMano1611) April 1, 2018
I feel @henrygayle and @AaronFinch5 is the best opener. Then @mayankcricket @klrahul11 @YUVSTRONG12 @karun126 can be the best middle order batsman. Finisher like @Axar_patel_kxip @MStoinis can finish it. If this been kxip team then we can expect high score every time 160+++.— tamil vijay (@tamilvijay1999) March 31, 2018
Some opted for a tried-and-tested combination.
Gayle and Kl Rahul because they opened for rcb too— Pingalyuvi777 (@pingalyuvi777) March 30, 2018
While others put their points across with some visuals. We admit, they were easier to spot.
Another player who fans wanted to see in action was young Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The 19-year-old Afghan international recently took his team to victory in the World Cup Qualifiers, fuelling hopes he’d do the same with the Kings in his maiden IPL campaign.
Muzeeb Zardan must be part of king XI as he's in great form.— Dirty Johnny (@deep_johnnydepp) April 1, 2018
All in all, there were a number of in-depth and detailed notes on the team combination. This one summed it up:
We were blown away by the number of responses and the amount of effort everyone took for their favourite team. We would really like to thank each and every fan for their responses and opinions. Hope to hear much more from all of you, and don’t forget to #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi.