IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab Opportunities Analysis
They record in the UAE is excellent
KXIP have a stellar record at the venue for this year's season with 5 wins in 5 matches in the UAE leg of IPL 2014. Their success was down to the astonishing hitting of Glenn Maxwell, and following his return to the franchise, the Australian would be keen to repeat his performances from that campaign.
KXIP will take courage from their UAE record in a tournament that occurs in unpredictable situations and uncommon circumstances, and this is an asset that they only need to draw on.
It's an excellent chance for KL Rahul to become the Indian captain
The post of Indian captain has been one of the most highly debated subjects in the recent past, with Virat Kohli's leadership mostly under the scanner. The retirement of former Indian captain MS Dhoni has further given weight to these talks.
Names like Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer have been doing the rounds for Kohli as potential replacements, and Rahul could throw his name into the hat with a good showing in IPL 2020.
The Karnataka batsman will perform what he is capable for the first time at the helm of an IPL side to lead a team. The cool head and calculated approach of Rahul have drawn praise from many corners of the cricketing fraternity, and as a leader in IPL 2020, he could make a name for himself.
Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair are those with value to prove
There were contrasting international opportunities for Agarwal and Nair. While the former built his opening slot in Test cricket, after scoring a triple tonne, the latter was unceremoniously dropped.
In different ways, both batsmen would be inspired. Agarwal will look to penetrate the compelling setup of the white ball, although at least Nair will want to receive a Test recall. And both batsmen have the chance to prove a point to the selectors under a captain who will back them to the hilt.