December 20, 2018 06:48 PM

Chandigarh(Sports Desk)

Kings XI Punjab is proud to welcome 13 new players to the Lion's Den for the 2019 VIVO Indian Premier League. With seven all-rounders, four bowlers and two wicket keepers, Kings XI Punjab  made all the right bids to bolster the team in Jaipur.

With 10 players already on roster, the players purchased during the IPL Auction were strategically picked to complement the existing players and complete the squad.

Coach Mike Hesson, CEO Satish Menon, Team Analyst Ashish Tuli, High Performance Coach Prasanna Raman and CFO LC Gupta headed the bids from the KXIP table.

A purse of 36.2 crores proved to be enough as 32.5 were spent in strengthening the side with all the skill sets covered; comprising seven all-rounders, four bowlers and two wicket keepers, of which four are overseas players.

Leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy was the most expensive signing of the lot at 8.4 crores.

Kings XI Punjab CEO Satish Menon said, "We are extremely happy with the way the auction has rolled out for us! We played our cards right, bid at the right moments, and pulled out at the right times to make sure we stood strong strategically. We have a good core of players already at Kings XI Punjab and these 13 will ensure we take a step ahead together. We welcome them all to our family!"

The full list of players:

Moises Henriques (all-rounder Australia) 1 crore, Nicolas Pooran (wicketKeeper, West Indies) 4.2 crores, Mohammad Shami (bowler, India) 4.8 crores, Sarfaraz Khan (all-rounder, India) 25 lakhs,  Varun Chakravarthy (all-rounder, India) 8.4 crores, Sam Curran (all-rounder, England) 7.2 crores, Hardus Viljoen (bowler, SA) 75 lakhs, Arshdeep Singh (bowler, India) 20 lakhs, Darshan Nalkande (all-rounder, India) 30 lakhs, Prabhsimran Singh (wicketkeeper, India) 4.8 crores, Agnivesh Ayachi (all-rounder, India) 20 lakhs, Harpreet Brar (all-rounder, India) 20 lakhs and Muurugan Ashwin (bowler, India) 20 lakh.

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