2018 for Kings XI Punjab has been the definition of a rollercoaster season. 5 wins in the first six matches, and then only 1 win in the next 8 matches! They seemed favourites for the No.1 spot mid-tournament and it seemed like the Kings had finally found their reliable captain and consistent bunch of players. No one would have predicted that they would end up 7th on the points table. But they did.
Chris Gayle – 7.5/10
Why not start with the World Boss, Chris Gayle? I know 7.5 is little harsh for someone who scored a 100 and 3 fifties, but it’s more about the consistency and impact that a player has. All four 50+ scores came in successive innings and nothing came after that. Plus the fielding. I know it is hard for a 38 year old to give his all in this aspect of the game but he could have done better. Catches were dropped. Balls were not chased. One question, If you know why he kept doing the cradle celebration, tell me the reason in the comments section below.
Ravichandran Ashwin – 8.0/10
Full marks for captaincy. Specially the way he used Mujeeb was questionable but effective. Bowlers were rotated well too. His own bowling hasn’t shown a lot of improvement. In the first few matches, he was quite effective and hunted in a pair with Mujeeb, but after that, he began bowling the easier overs himself and getting hit. The batting order was also rotated quite a lot and he didn’t let any batsmen settle at one position.
Yuvraj Singh – 4.5/10
2018 was the worst season for Yuvraj Singh in the IPL. Let’s face it – 65 runs with a high score of 20 and an average of 10.63 is not what you expect from your star player. I won’t be surprised if Yuvraj Singh isn’t bought by any franchise or bought at a low price in the next year’s auction.
Mujeeb Zadran – 8.5/10
He broke records when he became the youngest player ever to play in the IPL. People were thinking if he was the next Rashid Khan. He proved that he was almost as good as his fellow countryman. One more thing – Mujeeb learnt the carrom ball by watching YouTube videos of Ravichandran Ashwin. Now he is playing under him! This is the magic of IPL! Mujeeb will be seen in the Punjab jersey for years to come and I’m sure he will do well.
Mayank Agarwal – 5.0/10
He wanted to prove to everyone that he was not just a one-season wonder. But he failed at that task. An average of 12 really isn’t acceptable from your main Indian youth investment. It’s not like he didn’t get enough chances. He just didn’t make the most of them. He should pin all his hopes on the next year’s IPL now.
KL Rahul – 9.5/10
One Man Army. The whole of Kings XI’s batting was relying on this man’s shoulders. More often than not, he managed to withstand it, but the whole side would just crumble when he didn’t. People were thinking he was the worst keeper in all 8 sides. But his keeping was as good as anyone else’s. You can’t complain about an average of 54.91! But he should have had more of an impact. Individual performances don’t matter if the team loses.
Andrew Tye – 10.0/10
He is the current leading wicket taker and it is likely to remain that way till the end of the tournament. He has performed in almost each match and hasn’t let the opponent accelerate in the death overs. He has certainly lived up to his price tag of 11 Crores and is sure to be retained by Kings XI Punjab next year.