Kings XI Punjab had only released four players ahead of the 2017 season and retained pretty much the entire squad from abysmal 2016 season. They spent wisely in Auction 2017 and brought in some quality players at decent prices. We take a look at their squad after the 2017 Auction.
Kings XI Punjab IPL Auction Results: Kings XI Punjab had Rs ₹23 crore going into the Auction and unlike the other teams they spent the money wisely. They spent mostly on talented indian youngsters like Varun Aaron (₹2.8 crore), T Natarajan (₹3 crore) and some cheap foreign buys like Eoin Morgan (₹2 crore) and Martin Guptill (₹50 lakh). Here is how their squad looks after IPL Auction 2017.
|1||Murali Vijay||Varun Aaron (₹2.8 crore)
|2||Shaun Marsh||T Natarajan (₹3 crore)|
|3||Glenn Maxwell||Eoin Morgan (₹2 crore)|
|4||David Miller||Martin Guptill (₹50 lakh)|
||Matt Henry (₹50 lakh)|
|6||Wriddhiman Saha||Darren Sammy (₹30 lakh)|
|7||Axer Patel||Rahul Tewatia (₹25 lakh)|
|8||Shardul Shakur||Rinku Singh (₹30 lakh)
Kings XI Punjab were left in shock as they finished bottom of the league table in 2016 IPL season with only four wins in entire IPL 2016. One would imagine they will be looking to overhaul the squad from previous season but to surprise they have retained as many as 19 players ahead of the IPL 2017 auction leaving them with only Rs 23.35 crore to buy new players in the auction. Lets take a look at their squad and what positions they will be looking to strengthen in IPL auction.
So Kings XI Punjab ended up as the worst team in 2016 season having won only 4 of the 14 games and going into the 2017 auction they have released the fewest players of all the 8 teams. Its a strange policy from Kings XI Punjab who still have David Miller as their top contracted player and unless they come up with some significant signings they have a massive task at their hand to do better with pretty much the same squad as last year.
Kings XI Punjab IPL Auction 2017 Results: With 23 crore available to spend on players, King XI Punjab will be hoping to tie up couple of quality youngsters from Indian domestic circuit while one big name forieng signing will set them up nicely for 2017 season.
We will have updates players list and auction results for King XI Punjab squad on Monday, 20th February 2017 when auction takes place in Bangalore.