Three players KXIP should release before the auction

Kings XI Punjab is also a team with many failures like Delhi Daredevils in the history of the Indian Premier League. In the last edition also they failed to enter playoffs.

KL Rahul leads KXIP to victory
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One of the main problems with the Kings XI Punjab is the inconsistency. KXIP are the franchise to have more captains for their team throughout the tournament where the count goes more than ten.

In the last edition off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin was named as the skipper. The team got off to a flying start in the first half of the tournament. But the story was completely opposite in the later leg and resulted in elimination from the playoffs of the tournament which was an unexpected one.

Already there are some changes in the supporting staff panel ahead of the tournament since they named a new head coach. SImultaneously Virender Sehwag ended his association with the team also.

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As the team is well-known for continuous shuffles, it will be a sure thing that they will release some players. Let’s have a look at three possible players who can be released by the team.

Axar Patel

Axar Patel at KXIP

Axar Patel is the only player retained by the franchise in the last edition before the auction process. But he failed to justify the decision made by the franchise and resulted in disappointment.

In the nine matches that Axar Patel had played in the last season of the IPL, he had picked up just three wickets at an average of 72.66, an economy rate of 8.38 and a strike rate of 52. With the bat, he had scored 80 runs at an average of 13.33 and a strike rate of 115.94.

He was picked as a prime all-rounder but failed to do his part. With already two prime spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Mujee Ur Rahman in the team, it will be good to release him before the auction and try some new buys or there may be chances to go for him in a cheaper price.

Ben Dwarshuis

Ben Dwarshuis at KXIP

Ben Dwarshuis is yet to make his IPL debut. The franchise bought him last year after his performances for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers in the previous editions of those particular tournaments.

There will be a logic that there is no point in highlighting a player who didn’t get a single opportunity for the team. But apart from this, there is no need for him in the team since the team is flooded with many batsmen including foreign stars too.

Rather than paying 1.4 Crores INR for an overseas batsman, KXIP can go for some bowlers in domestic as well as in International level too for that price.

Barinder Sran

Barinder Sran at KXIP

Punjab had bought Sran for INR 2.2 crores, a price tag which he has failed to stand tall upon.  He was good for SRH in the previous season but failed to carry the same momentum in the 11th edition of the league.

In the six matches that Barinder Sran played this year, he picked up four wickets at an average of 57.25, a sky-high economy rate of 10.40 and a strike rate of 33. The 25-year old left-arm medium-fast bowler was belted for runs at will by the opposition batsmen.

Already KXIP has released Mark Stoinis in the ongoing trading process. So it could be a good thing for the franchise to seak some in-form fast bowlers at the domestic level for the price they are paying for Sran. In fact, they might get two players for that amount too.

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