Kings XI Punjab is one of the eight early Indian Premier League franchise based in Mohali and owned by Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Karan Paul and Mohit Burman. To attain this franchise these four people have paid 76 million USD. The home ground of this team is the PCA stadium in Mohali. The CEO of the team is Neil Maxwell.
Over the years, the Kings XI Punjab has seen a bunch of captains and coaches but their results have left their fans in dismay. Over the first 12 seasons of the IPL between 2008 and 2019, the Kings XI Punjab side made it to the final four, the knockouts or the playoffs on only two occasions and finished in the bottom two a horrible four times.
Kings XI Punjab started off their campaign in the IPL with a solid showing in the first season where they finished second in the group stage before they bowed out in the semifinal. However, it took Kings XI Punjab a whopping six more seasons to see the light of another playoff which they achieved in 2014. In turn they qualified for their only time in the Champions League T20, where they lost to the Chennai Super Kings in the semifinals.
Over the years, they have been led by a record number of captains - 12 between 2008 and 2020 - including Yuvraj Singh, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Adam Gilchrist, George Bailey, Virender Sehwag, R Ashwin and KL Rahul. Similarly they have had a string of coaches as well, with only Tom Moody and Sanjay Bangar lasting more than a season apiece
Previous Season Record
Here’s how the Kings XI Punjab went about their play over the different IPL seasons.
This was a solid start to the Kings XI Punjab campaign in the Indian Premier League when they ended the league stage with 10 wins from 14 matches. This was despite having begun their season with two defeats, following which they went on a five-match and a four-match winning streak respectively.
Aided by a strong performance from Shaun Marsh, who went on to win the Orange Cap, Punjab made it to the semifinal where they capitulated against the Chennai Super Kings. Scoring only 112/8 batting first, Punjab lost by nine wickets with Chennai overhauling their target in 14.5 overs.
The IPL was played in South Africa this year and that looked like it affected the Kings XI Punjab a lot. More so, the absence of their Aussie imports was an issue and once Jerome Taylor hobbled out with an injury, Punjab had a task on hands. They started out like the previous season when they lost their first two matches before winning the next three to raise hopes of a similar resurrection.
They went into the final league game knowing they had to win to keep their hope alive but once they lost a low-scoring game to the Super Kings and Deccan Chargers didn’t lose their final game as heavily as Punjab would have liked, the Mohali-based side was knocked out by the Chargers’ better net run-rate. Still, the good news was they looked very much a part till the final league game, something they struggled to achieve over the next few seasons.
The 2010 season was one of the worst for Kings XI Punjab in which they finished at the bottom of the table with just four wins from the entire competition. After kick-starting the season with another slow start - they lost three matches in a row - they won the next game narrowly in the Super Over. However that was the only win they managed in their first eight matches which implied they needed to win all their remaining six matches to have an outside chance of making it through.
They won only three of those seven, finishing the campaign with just two defeats in the final two games to go out without a whimper.
With Adam Gilchrist coming in as the skipper, it looked like the Kings XI Punjab had a decent chance of making it to the playoffs. However, their goose looked to be cooked when they went through a five-match losing streak from game number five onward. With just three wins from their first nine games, the Kings XI Punjab were left with no option but to win all their remaining games…
…and for a while it looked even possible. Spurred from brilliant individual performances, Punjab won four matches in a row to go into their final league needing a big win to make the playoffs. Instead, they were pounded by 82 runs by Deccan Chargers to bow out of the tournament, ending fifth on the table.
Punjab’s record of not qualifying for the playoffs continued but for the second year in a row they would have made it through had their won their final league stage encounter. With eight wins from 15 matches, Punjab went into their final league game knowing if they won it, they would overtake the Chennai Super Kings’ 17 points.
However, they fell away to 141/8 in 20 overs against the Delhi Daredevils which their opponents chased down with 10 balls to spare. As it turned out, had they won that game, they would have finished on 18 points, ahead of both Chennai and Bangalore. Chennai edged out Bangalore on the net run-rate to grab the fourth spot while Kings XI Punjab finished sixth.
Another tournament, another miss. Despite starting off this season on a positive note by winning their opening game, Punjab were never able to bring any kind of a momentum to their campaign this season. So much so they never won three matches in a row till the final set of three league games but by then they had been all but knocked out of the tournament.
This season also saw David Miller smash one of the all-time great centuries of IPL history when he scored a 38-ball 101 to help his side chase down 190 from being just 51 in the eighth over. Adam Gilchrist bid adieu to the IPL with a wicket off the last ball he bowled.
After the retirement of Gilchrist, the affable George Bailey took over the reins of the team and went on to deliver a pleasant surprise for the team’s fans.
They started off with a stunning five wins in a row before losing their first game to Mumbai Indians, and had all but sealed their playoffs berth by the time they had played their eighth game. Their winning momentum continued and they finished on the top of the points table to qualify for the playoffs.
While they lost to the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first Qualifier, they then stunned the Chennai Super Kings in the second Qualifier to make it to the final. In their first ever IPL final, however, Punjab went down to the Knight Riders again.
Having also qualified for the Champions League, they won four matches in a row to make the final where Chennai Super Kings defeated them by 65 runs.
If 2014 was Punjab’s best season to date, the following season in 2015 turned out to be one of their worst. After winning the second match they played, Kings XI Punjab added just two more victories to their tally as they fell away rather drastically under the same George Bailey-Sanjay Bangar captain-coach combination.
Not only did they finish last but their three wins in the competition was one of the worst showing ever by any team.
Kings XI Punjab brought in David Miller as their captain for this season but he could do little to uplift his side’s flagging performances.
Having begun with two defeats, they registered just one victory from six matches and then added just three more wins to their tournament tally to end on eight points. Quite fittingly, they ended the season the way they had begun with three successive losses.
Bangar was sacked as coach and Virender Sehwag brought in with Glenn Maxwell taking over the captaincy. And that paid immediate dividends as they won their opening two games in this season of the IPL.
Unfortunately things looked like they had hit a roadblock as Punjab went on a four-match losing streak only to recover and get to seven wins going into their final. With Kolkata Knight Riders losing their final league game, the Kings XI Punjab had an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs if they won their last match by a big margin but Punjab collapsed to 73 all out against Pune to lose easily.
Punjab made one of their strongest starts to a season ever under the stewardship of R Ashwin and Brad Hodge, captain and coach respectively. The side got off to a flier by winning five of their first six matches, and with a typical qualifier for playoffs ending the regular season on seven wins, they looked like that was a foregone conclusion.
However, needing just two more wins from their next eight games, and one from the final five, Punjab fell away drastically to lose all of those matches and finished seventh on the table.
While Ashwin continued to lead the side, Mike Hesson joined in as the coach of the Punjab side, and again, they made a solid start. Four wins from the first six matches meant they had a fairly decent chance of qualifying for the playoffs but their energy fell away towards the backend of the competition and they added just two more wins to their tally.