Chandigarh: Despite having big names in the squad, Kings XI Punjab have often failed to deliver when it mattered in the previous editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In IPL VII, though, the Punjab team has been the most impressive and the players have shown a lot of promise. They have performed in all the departments and have deservedly won their opening three matches.
While Glenn Maxwell has hogged the limelight in the batting department, Mitchell Johnson has been spearheading the bowling attack. Giving enough support to Maxwell are Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara and explosive South Africa batsman David Miller. Johnson, on the other hand, is in good company of Lakshmipathy Balaji.
So what has brought such a turnaround?
Miller, who was retained by the franchise, believes the team is “more balanced” than previous editions and the players are enjoying each others success.
“It’s a lot more balanced team,” the 24-year-old Miller said. “The side has the right mix of explosive and gritty batsmen, who can win matches on any day. We also have a lot of variety in our bowling attack… We have been enjoying each others success.
“We have notched up three wins and this hat-trick of victories is phenomenal for team spirit,” said Miller.
Maxwell and Miller have been in ominous form this season. While Maxwell scored brilliant knocks of 95, 89 and 95, Miller struck brilliant half centuries in the first two matches.
Heaping praise on Maxwell, Miller said the Australian is in great touch and capable of tearing apart even the good bowling attacks.
Miller said Sehwag has also contributed at the top while Laxmipathy Balaji has impressed with his bowling.
“The team wants to keep winning and carry on the momentum,” Miller said. (PTI)