After humbling performance in IPL 3, Kings XI, Punjab, is looking to redeem its past and make a new beginning in the premier event. With a new captain, coach and some fresh blood, the outfit is hoping a change in fortunes in season four.
Shaun Marsh, the Australian batsman, who was the leading run-getter for the team in the first season, is all fired up to lift the team from rock bottom.
The brief given to him is simple. He has to replicate his best performance and then go one better. About his ability there is no doubt. He is one of the most talented of the young crop of Australian batsmen and is a serious contender for a place in the national team in all formats.
He will feel at home in Kings XI, Punjab as the coach, Michael Bevan, and captain, Adam Gilchrist, are both Australians. “I am looking forward to playing under Adam. He is a great leader and leads by example,” said Shaun, on Sunday.
Praising Michael Bevan, he said, “Bevan had a fantastic career as a player and his vast knowledge of the game will be invaluable. He is a great reader of the game and has his plans and different ideas. I am sure my batting will improve with his tips.”
Kings XI will be without the services of former captain Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh this season.
When asked whether the team will miss these three players, who incidentally had a great World Cup and are in prime form, Shaun said, “No doubt it will be difficult to fill their shoes but that is how the IPL works. Kings XI, Punjab have lost players but also gained some talented ones and they will be hungry to prove their worth. We are going to make a serious effort to have a go at the title and it is an exciting time for the team.”
Dinesh Karthik, who was with the Delhi Daredevils for the last three seasons will be playing for KXIP in IPL 4. “The side has seen lot of changes and key players have left but still the team has lot of talented youngsters and it is really exciting to be part of the new team,” Karthik said.
He added that he was not satisfied by his performance in recent times and as a player he still has lot to offer. “My ultimate goal is to make it back to the national squad. In the meantime I want to do my bit in making KXIP one of the front runners.”