New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Adam Gilchrist and Darren Lehmann as captain and coach, respectively, of Kings XI Punjab is a big boost for the team’s chances in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League. The duo helped the Deccan Chargers win the IPL title in 2009 and Punjab fans will hope they can repeat the feat.
The key foreign players in the franchise are Azhar Mahmood, Dimitri Mascarenhas, David Hussey and Luke Pomersbach, who comes back to Punjab from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Though the side does not have any member playing for the current Indian team, it is not short on domestic talent. The performances of Parwinder Awana, Piyush Chawla, Manpreet Gony and Gurkeerat Singh will play a big role in determining how the team fares in the competition.
Punjab narrowly missed out on a top four spot in the last two editions and made the semifinal cut only in the inaugural IPL in 2008.
New recruits: Luke Pomersbach, Manpreet Gony, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra and Aniket Choudhary.
Players to watch out for: Adam Gilchrist, Azhar Mahmood, Gurkeerat Singh, Praveen Kumar.
Squad: Adam Gilchrist (Captain), Azhar Mahmood, David Hussey, David Miller, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Shaun Marsh, Luke Pomersbach, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Gurkeerat Singh, Harmeet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Nitin Saini, Parwinder Awana, Paul Valthaty, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, R Sathish, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary.