Team: Kings XI Punjab
Captain: Yuvraj Singh
Coach: Tom Moody
Franchisee: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman and Karan Paul
Franchise Cost: $76 Million
Most expensive player: Yuvraj Singh – $1,063,750
Lion-hearted, spirited, passionate, hospitable, entertaining and brave – these are the words that the Kings XI Punjab team use to describe themselves. The team has made its mission clear “To be the most successful and entertaining franchise in the league”. With Bollywood’s Preity Zinta, and renowned industrialists Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman and Karan Paul behind this venture, the franchise has managed to come up with an impressive list of cricketers.
Batting stalwarts Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara and Ramnaresh Sarwan will be expected to deliver alongside smiling assassin Brett Lee, break-dancing S. Sreesanth and Irfan Pathan who will spearhead the bowling attack. Tom Moody is designated as the coach, while local favourite Yuvaj Singh is the captain of the starry squad.
Yuvraj Singh (Captain)
Mahela Jayawardene (vc)
Tom Moody (Coach)
Home Ground: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
What was a swamp with deep ravines in 1992 was turned into India’s best stadium within a span of two years. The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali, on the outskirts of Chandigarh, is a truly world-class venue with excellent practice facilities, spectator-friendly outlook and sufficient provisions for the media. The pitch at Mohali had the reputation of being the livliest in the country – India were even rolled over for 83 on the first morning against New Zealand in 1999 – but it changed complexion drastically over the next few years and turned into a dead pitch producing high-scoring draws. There have also been some cracking one-dayers played on this ground, the most thrilling being the World Cup semi-final in 1996 when Australia squeezed past West Indies in a nail-biting finish.