Welcome to our dedicated page for Kings XI Punjab betting 2021. We will give you the lowdown on what to expect ahead of the IPL season.
This is your chance to learn more about the Kings XI team and if they can win this season.
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to interrupt elite sport, and preparations for the 2021 IPL are no different. The 2020 season was delayed and played outside of India for just the 3rd time. The 2021 season will be affected too.
The provisional date for the 2021 auction is the 11th February, with franchises having to release their lists of retained and released players by 20th January. Further details of the auction have still not been decided, including the venue and due to the pandemic, all of these plans are subject to change.
As soon as the auction has been completed, we will update this page, preview the 2021 season and make predictions about Punjab. Be sure to check back in for the latest news on Kings XI and the 2021 Indian Premier League season soon.
Eight teams will be trying to win the IPL 2020 and no-one is without a chance. But, the history books don’t lie, and we’d be silly to pretend that each of them has an equally well-balanced squad on paper. The IPL 2020 betting odds are now available and the market has sorted the favourites from the outsiders. Our experts also bring you top Indian cricket betting tips that will up your betting game ahead of the IPL.
Kings XI’s betting odds are 11.0 and that’s where they deserve to be as the outsiders of the eight. Good luck making a case for why things should be different for a franchise who have consistently fallen apart at key stages of every season.
It’s one thing having a couple of poor seasons but it’s quite another to not learn from past mistakes and they’ve certainly been guilty of that. Year after year they seem to make poor purchases in the auction, meaning the balance of the side looks wrong and that they come into the tournament ill-prepared for a gruelling campaign where consistency is the name of the game. There could be more of the same again this year.
The Mumbai Indians are the 5.0 favourites and that’s hardly surprising. No team has won the IPL more often than them and it’s a typically varied, powerful and glitzy squad they bring to the IPL again this year. A middle order featuring Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers means that even slow starts can be compensated for.
It’s no surprise that the Chennai Super Kings are the 6.0 second favourites. They’re an ageing team but with age comes the experience of having seen it and done it all before. Dismiss them at your peril. The Hyderabad Sunrisers are also 6.0 and although they look like a tight-knit unit, they look a little short on quality when it comes to their local players.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (8.0) should always be feared because of the star quality in their team including Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. However, we’ve been here plenty of times before and year after year it just doesn’t happen for them. Put your money away when it comes to the RCB.
The Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals are both around 8.0 as well and then it’s the Rajasthan Royals, who have a habit of starting well and then going on a bad run when it really matters.
The best thing you can say about the Kings XI Punjab squad is that it looks a slightly better one than in previous years. Better overall, but it’s come at a cost.
They lost Andrew Tye, arguably the Kings XI best bowler in 2019 and Englishman Sam Curran, who is a useful all-rounder to have. They will both be big misses. The other man to depart was the previous Kings XI Punjab captain, Ravi Ashwin. At least in his case, they got a load of money for him from the Delhi Capitals, which was re-invested in other players.
The strength of the squad looks to be with the all-rounders. If they choose to field all three of their overseas ones – Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham and Chris Jordan – they’ll have three men who can excel in either discipline on their day, though there is of course something to be said for not having too many all-rounders at the cost of players in specialist roles.
It’s with the ball, though, that the Kings XI look really vulnerable. Bowling is arguably the discipline that wins you t20 tournaments and you’re not going to win it with this bowling attack. Mohammad Shami is the one class Indian player and beyond that it’s only the overseas bowlers such as Mujeeb Ur-Rahman, Hardus Viljoen and Sheldon Cottrell who opposition batsmen will fear.
But of course, only four overseas players can be fielded so the Punjabi franchise will probably only be able to play one of those. You can see why the Kings XI head coach, Mike Hesson, will have plenty to think about.
|K. L. Rahul||Batsman|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||Bowler|
What the Kings XI Punjab should really consider strongly is whether to play the Universe Boss. West Indian legend, Chris Gayle’s stats in the IPL make for good reading. But the man who was scoring quickfire centuries five or six years ago is a very different one to the ageing, injury-prone batter who can’t run twos.
He’s an overseas player of course so in addition to him being too hit-and-miss when it comes to scoring runs, he would also take up a priceless overseas spot.
Rather, the Kings XI Punjab could look to KL Rahul and Glenn Maxwell for runs from among their top order. They’re proven performers in this format, who have been in good form for the last couple of years and a good strategy in particular would be to look to back the Kings XI Punjab in a chase if Maxwell is well set.
With their weak bowling attack, another solid betting tip when the Kings XI are playing would be to back the side they’re up against to score lots of runs when batting first.
The problem with the Kings XI Punjab players isn’t the class of a few individuals but rather the playing eleven as a whole. A few of their players have real star quality about them and these are the ones to look out for.
The Kings XI Punjab captain for 2020 is completely new to the role, taking over from the departed Ashwin. So much so that we don’t have many stats regarding how he’s fared in the role of skipper. So, it’s anyone’s guess as to how he will captain the side in terms of style.
But the best thing he can do right away is just score plenty of runs at the top of the order. He’s been in and out of the Indian ODI and T20 sides of late but as the likes of Shikhar Dhawan start to call time on their international careers, he’s surely the successor for that opener’s spot.
What he has that makes him so special is a calm head, the ability to pick the bad balls, punish them and a feel for where the gaps are. Best of all is how cleanly he can hit the ball. KL Rahul’s highest score in this format is a massive 110 not out.
It’s been a complicated last 12 months for Glenn Maxwell. He had an indifferent World Cup, didn’t play in the Ashes, took time out from the game to deal with mental health issues and was then dropped from the ODI side that toured India.
But Maxwell being Maxwell, he dealt with it all in the best way he could. He went out and captained the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash and has been brilliant as skipper, in the field and has even taken a few wickets. But it’s above all with the bat that he’s really shone. He’s hit the ball as well as anyone in the Bash this campaign with a combination of straight sixes, sweep slogs and manipulation of gaps.
The one thing the Kings XI Punjab have to think about is where to bat him. Glenn Maxwell’s stats suggest that four is the ideal place, but let’s wait and see.
Given the weakness is in their bowling, the team will need plenty from Shami. From among the Indian players at least, he’s definitely the Kings XI Punjab’s best bowler.
Closing in on 150 appearances for India across all three formats, he’s been doing the business for a long time now.
Now at his third IPL team, Mohammad Shami’s stats show he has a strike rate of 18.6 at T20 domestic level, which is right up there with the very best. He’ll certainly need to be at his best and not only will his personal performance be very important, but so will his experience with helping out of some of the team’s younger bowlers.
Stats suggest that opening batsmen are the ones to side with when it comes to IPL betting on a team’s top runscorer. They bat in the Powerplay overs, they can spend the most time at the crease and get to bat when the ball is at its hardest.
Given KL Rahul plays as an opener, he provides good value every time he plays. Averaging a half-century every four matches and with the extra experience gained from playing so much international cricket, there’s a good chance you could reach a profit in the long run by siding with him.
|Year||League table standing||Final standing|
|2020||6th out of 8||6th|
|2019||6th out of 8||6th|
|2018||7th out of 8||7th|
|2017||5th out of 8||5th|
|2016||8th out of 10||8th|
|2015||8th out of 9||8th|
|2014||1st out of 9||Runners-up|
|2013||6th out of 8||6th|
|2012||6th out of 8||6th|
|2011||5th out of 8||5th|
|2010||8th out of 8||8th|
|2009||5th out of 8||5th|
|2008||2nd out of 8||Semifinalists (3rd)|
It’s been a painful twelve years in the IPL for the Kings XI Punjab. Alongside the Delhi Capitals, they’re the least successful side in the IPL. Three times they’ve finished bottom of the group stages and only twice have they even made it to the play-offs.
In the IPL’s inaugural season, they had an excellent squad that allowed them to finish as runners-up in the group. The Kings XI squad that year included prolific Sri Lanka duo Kumar Sangakarra and Mahela Jayawardene, Australian run machine Shaun Marsh and fast bowler Brett Lee.
Captained by the great Yuvraj Singh in a team also containing all-rounder Irfan Pathan, they took to the IPL like ducks to water and looked like they may go on to win it. But all their hard work went to waste when they played Chennai in the semi-final. They scored just 112 batting first, which the Super Kings unsurprisingly chased without breaking sweat.
Five seasons later they made the play-offs again. Glenn Maxwell had an outstanding season, scoring 552 runs while Sandeep Sharma was the man with the ball, taking 18 wickets. They topped the group stages, winning 11 from 14 and went one better than the last time, by actually making the final.
But a rare failure by Maxwell, who got out first ball, cost them in the final. They posted a steep 199 and would surely have posted a lot more had Maxwell had hung around for a bit. Instead it was a superb 115 from WP Saha that got them to that total.
Unfortunately, they ran into an inspired Manish Pandey, who hit 94 runs of his own. They were strong favourites at the halfway mark, but it wasn’t to be.
Highest Team Total
In 2011, they posted 232 against Bangalore thanks to a brilliant 106 from Adam Gilchrist and a quickfire 79 from Shaun Marsh. They won by 111 runs.
Shaun Marsh, one of the Kings XI best players ever, was the top scorer of the tournament in the first-ever edition.
In 2014, Glenn Maxwell walked away with the IPL MVP award after his stand-out season.
Top 3 facts about the Kings XI Punjab
If they do, it would be an achievement only ever matched in the IPL by Rajasthan Royals’ win back in the first edition.
Their bowling looks extremely bare, they lack a strong opening partner for KL Rahul and rather than recruit better Indian players, they packed their side with overseas players knowing they can only field four of them.
They’ll need mammoth contributions from Maxwell, Rahul and Shami before they can even think of getting to the Play-Offs.
Former Kings XI coach Mike Hesson, who replaced Virender Sehwag in the role in November 2018.
At present they haven’t officially announced one, but Glenn Maxwell would be the obvious choice.
The PCA Stadium in Mohali is the Kings XI Punjab’s home ground although they have also played at the Holkar Stadium, Indore.
In 2018 KL Raul scored 659 runs in a season, passing the 616 scored by Shan Marsh in 2008.
South African David Miller has taken 56 in 84 matches for the Kings XI.