IPL 2018: There’s a battle between two players for wicket-keeper role in Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta was one of the most active team owners during the Indian Premier League (IPL) player’s auction held in January.

She was trying to snap up each and every best player going around in the T20 format and finally picked a squad of 21 players for the 11th edition of the IPL.


On Monday, Preity Zinta’s team announced Ravichandran Ashwin as the captain of their side for the upcoming edition and also revealed some of their strategies.

However, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has now revealed the wicketkeeping options KXIP possess for the cash-rich T20 league this year.


Sehwag is the mentor of the franchise and mostly takes the tactical decisions related to cricket for them. It was his decision to pick Ashwin as the leader of the pack despite having Yuvraj Singh in the team. Though it is a surprising move it will be interesting to see the way the off-spinner will lead the side which is a nice blend of experience and youth.


Who are the wicketkeepers?

Sehwag has revealed KL Rahul and Akshdeep Nath as Kings XI Punjab wicketkeeping options for IPL 2018.


“Many of our fans were thinking that we don’t have any wicketkeepers in our squad. I think KL Rahul and Akshdeep are the wicket-keepers and have done the job before. I don’t think we don’t need any extra player in the side who can play as the wicket-keeper,” he said recently after going live on Facebook.

Viru also cleared that Rahul is ready to don the gloves behind the stumps for the team after the newly appointed skipper spoke with him about the same.

“Ashwin has talked with KL Rahul regarding the wicketkeeping and he has agreed to do the job. But in case if he is not able due to some reason, we have Akshdeep Nath who plays Ranji Trophy for UP and is an experienced wicket-keeper. Yes, we don’t have any flamboyant wicket-keeper but we are concentrating more on winning the matches this year,” Sehwag concluded.

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