India’s domestic T20 tournament, Indian Premier League (IPL), is still a couple of months away but the fact that all the franchises would have to buy players again, barring the retained ones, has already sent team owners to their think room. While the names of retained players were out on January 4, the teams are now making strategies for the auction which is scheduled to take place on January 27-28 in Bengaluru.
Kings XI Punjab, who retained only one player – left-arm spinner Axar Patel for Rs 6.5 crore, are eyeing to buy South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and make him the skipper as well. The right-hander, who has been associated with Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiant in past, remains to be one of the most established batsmen in world cricket.
The Kings did not have a great decade in terms of results and have tried many players in the skipper’s role.
KXIP CEO, Satish Menon, however, is still upbeat about the side and was enthusiastic about the change of fortunes for them in the 2018 season.
“The good thing about the fate is that it will change one day. Last few years haven’t been good for us. Fans still supported the team during the bad times. And they want better. You may never know that we might resurge in this season with Faf du Plessis as the Kings XI Punjab’s skipper,” Menon was quoted as saying by Cricket Addictor.