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KINGS XI PUNJAB ALL SET TO ROAR AT THE VIVO IPL 2018

January 30, 2018 08:56 AM

Marquee players Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh come on board;  KL Rahul brought in at 11.00 crore 

Bengaluru (Face2News-Sports)

With an exhilarating end to the VIVO IPL 2018 Auctions, Kings XI Punjab yesterday announced the signing of 20 new players for the upcoming season of the IPL. With a heavy mix of talent up for grabs, Kings XI Punjab fought hard, taking calculated risks to get the players of their choice and put together an exciting line up that will help bring home the cup this year.

Having already retained Axar Patel, KXIP looked to forge new partnerships and went in with a clear vision in mind. Bagging key marquee players like Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh, Kings XI Punjab went on to further strengthen their squad with Karun Nair, KL Rahul, Aaron Finch. Fan favourite David Miller was retained along with the Australian all-rounder Marcus Stonis and Mohit Sharma using the ‘Right To Match’ card.  

Picking up three hat-tricks in T20 cricket in 2017, Andrew Tye is a new edition to the squad and will help fortify the Kings XI Punjab team.

Kings XI Punjab CEO Satish Menon said, "We walked into this auction with a tactical approach this time. We knew exactly who we wanted and just went for it. The aggression helped us get almost all of the players we wanted."

Keeping true to their vision of wanting to develop and nurture upcoming talent, Kings XI Punjab brought in 16 year old Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Zadran. Claiming four wickets in his debut against Ireland in 2017, the youngster shot to fame and will make his debut with Kings XI  Punjab this season of the IPL.  

Also joining the Kings XI Punjab side will be West Indian superstar and big hitter Chris Gayle who was scooped up by the franchise at the last moment. This powerhouse is sure to shake things up at Kings XI Punjab. 

Kings XI Punjab Co- Owner, Preity Zinta said, "I hope the fans are happy with the team. We've worked hard to ensure the full purse was utilised to its maximum potential. I'm also very excited to have Yuvi back, who was our marquee player in the first season and is a true Punjabi"

Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwari, Barinder Sran, Ben Dwarshuis, Pradeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar and Akshdeep Nath go on to complete the KXIP squad.

List of players acquired by Kings XI Punjab at the VIVO IPL 2018 Auction:

Player

Price (INR)

Country

Ravichandran Ashwin

7.60 Cr

IND

Karun Nair

5.60 Cr

IND

KL Rahul

11.00 Cr

IND

David Miller

3.00 Cr

SA

Yuvraj Singh

2.00 Cr

IND

Aaron Finch

6.20 Cr

AUS

Marcus Stonis

6.20 Cr

AUS

Mayank Agarwal

1.00 Cr

IND

Ankit Singh Rajpoot

3.00 Cr

IND

Manoj Tiwari

1.00 Cr

IND

Mohit Sharma

2.40 Cr

IND

Mujeeb Zadran

4.00 Cr

AFG

Barinder Sran

2.20 Cr

IND

Andrew Tye

7.20 Cr

AUS

Akshdeep Nath

1.00 Cr

IND

Ben Dwarshuis

1.40 Cr

AUS

Pradeep Sahu

20 L

IND

Mayank Dagar

20 L

IND

Chris Gayle

2.00 Cr

WI

Manzoor Dar

20 L

IND

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