The coronavirus pandemic has brought many industries to a halt, including the sports fraternity with most events either cancelled or postponed. Due to the epidemic, most countries have imposed partial or complete lockdowns to curb the spread of the disease. 

With the vast majority now stuck at their homes, the Internet bandwidth of most households has been stretched to its optimum, alongside the constant cacophony of news channels on the television with the latest updates on the pandemic. 

Such has been the story for Kings XI Punjab’s players as well, who have been at home with their families as well, catching up on some of the latest shows and movies. Here’s a look at what KXIP’s stars have been binge watching during the lockdown. 

Anil Kumble- Spy in the jungle

Former Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble’s love for wildlife photography is well known and  documented, so much so that it has influenced his television viewing habits. The current KXIP head coach has kept busy during the lockdown by watching Spy in the jungle- a documentary on the Bengal Tigers shot in India. Alongside that, Kumble has also been another wildlife documentary titled ‘Home in the danger zone.’

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KL Rahul- Fauda and Blacklist 

Apart from working out at home and spending time in the kitchen, KXIP’s captain KL Rahul has stayed busy by watching the hit International show Fauda- an action packed series on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Apart from that, the 27-year-old has gotten hooked onto the American crime-thriller show Blacklist. 

Wasim Jaffer- The Test

Veteran Indian opening batsman and current Kings XI Punjab batting coach Wasim Jaffer has had his hands full binge watching The Test- a sports documentary trailing the Australian cricket team over the past couple of years. 

The documentary gives the audience a behind the scenes look of the Australian team through the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the 2019 World Cup and culminates with the Ashes, with exclusive interviews of the players and coaching staff. 

For someone who might be transitioning into a new role in his career after announcing his retirement from domestic cricket, watching his one time rival Justin Langer manage the Australian dressing room would be a good learning curve for 42-year-old Jaffer. 


Chris Jordan- Ozark and 24

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected the United Kingdom as well, forcing the nation into a lockdown on March 23. Stuck at home, England’s bowling all-rounder Chris Jordan has deviated towards rewatching one of his favourite shows- 24, which is drama series about a special agent and his travails to thwart crime and terrorism. 

Apart from that, Jordan has also taken a liking to the newly launched show Ozark- an American crime drama series which centers around an accountant that gets engulfed in the drug cartel war. The final show that’s been on Jordan’s watchlist is the crime drama program Money Heist. 

J Suchith, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal and Darshan Nalkande- Money Heist  

Apart from Chris Jordan, the Indian quartet of Jagadeesha Suchith, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair and Darshan Nalkande have also got heavily invested into the show Money Heist. Despite the crime drama being predominantly in Spanish, the engaging storyline and action have made it a hit amongst audiences worldwide. And the popularity of the show has been well echoed by these two players, who have finished watching the latest season which was released less than a week ago. 

Murugan Ashwin- SunTV and YouTube Kids

You can tell a lot about a person from their Internet activity. 

This statement rings true for leg spinner Murugan Ashwin, who finds himself shuffling between Netflix Kids and YouTube kids to cater to the young ones at home. Revisiting nursery rhymes and fables eats up the majority chunk of Ashwin’s time during the lockdown, and when he’s not doing that, he’s catching up on the news or watching some of his favourite regional movies and shows on SunTV. 

Tajinder Singh- Everything Bollyood!

For Punjabi munda Tajinder Singh, the lockdown has been a good chance to catch up on some of the recent Bollywood flicks which he might have missed out on due to a hectic training schedule. From Padmavat to PK, from Hindi Medium to Stree and The Ghazi Attack, the bowling all-rounder has caught up on all genres of Bollywood films of the recent past. 

These have been the recommendations from our Kings XI Punjab players! What have been the shows you have been watching during the lockdown? Drop your answers in the comments section.