Kings XI Punjab had an exciting season bringing an adrenalin rush to fans on several occasions. The 13th edition of Cricket Carnival saw some spectacular close matches compared to all other seasons. Punjab was on the driving seat to get fans on the edge of its seat. A lot of their matches went into the climax of the last over.
The Punjab-based outfit could not make it to the playoffs due to a poor start to the season. However, there are many positives and negatives as they sit on the drawing board before the IPL 14 auction. Talking about silver linings, KL Rahul stood as a great opener with a total of 670 runs. However, there were some disappointments as to Glen Maxwell And Sheldon Cottrell who could not live up to the billing throughout the season.
Debating this bone of contention boldly, former Indian opener Akash Chopra gave some serious overhauling points for the Punjab team.
Akash Chopra expresses concern over key players in IPL
The former Delhi batsman said that Kings XI Punjab would have to release two of their veterans. Australian Brute Power Glenn Maxwell and Caribbean Speedster Sheldon cottrell Off-Colors were in the recently concluded competition in Dubai. The former scored 108 runs in 13 important matches, while the latter took only 6 wickets at the cost of 176 runs in 6 matches.
Facing severe criticism from fans and experts, Akash said that the team management should buy big tickets for Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell. Eventually, they will take a big purse for the IPL 2021 auction. In addition, he worked hard against South African fast bowler Hardas Viljoen.
Chopra quipped, “They should release Sheldon Cottrell, they should also release Hardus Wilzen, if they are not playing him, and they should leave Maxwell as well.”
Furthermore, he feels that Deepak Hooda should get opportunities to prove his dynamic power in the middle order. “Hooda did not get a lot of opportunities and Maxwell got a lot of opportunities. He didn’t disappoint a bit, he was a big disappointment. Chopra said that Kings XI Punjab missed their selection once or twice.
The former KKR player also pointed to Maxwell’s poor run and batting for youngster Deepak Hooda. “The lack of Maxwell was a big problem, the foreign bowler another big problem and the Indian lower middle order where Hooda did really well and gave him a chance in the last match.”