West Indies’ two time World Cup winning captain Darren Sammy who was pocketed by the Kings XI Punjab for INR 30 lakhs in the recent auction has joined the KXIP camp after an absence from the earlier few matches for the franchise. However, the franchise are yet to reveal the reason for his absence since the start of the tournament. Kings Eleven should be a happy side after the availability of one of the most successful skipper of the shortest format.
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Kings Eleven has had a decent season so far after being placed one spot below the demarcating line for playoffs. With half of the fixtures yet in the hand, Kings have a feasible option to dream for a seat in top four. The major concern for the Punjab side has been the form of the Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis who has disappointed with his batting in the tournament so far. Darren Sammy, who has been successful in the shortest format for his hard hitting abilities can be a fine replacement for Stoinis. His medium pace bowling will also be a valuable asset for the Punjab side.
The Kings will face the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, on April 28 in Mohali. Having played a match less than the SRH and lagging by 3 points, a victory against them will place the Glenn Maxwell-led Punjab into a comfortable place in the points table. It will be interesting to see if Punjab includes the Caribbean player in their squad. Inclusion of Sammy in the playing eleven will see either David Miller or Marcus Stoinis on the bench. Miller has failed to fire in the season so far and his replacement with Sammy will not only include a batting option but will strengthen their bowling unit with an extra bowler who can cater to the demands with his full quota of 4 overs.