Kings XI Punjab has named KL Rahul as its captain after the 2020 IPL Auctions ended. Rahul was bought by Punjab in the 2018 season for a massive INR 11 Crore.
Pretty much to the expectations, KL Rahul has delivered for Punjab so far. In his two seasons with the franchise, he has scored 1252 runs from 28 matches. As Ravichandran Ashwin was traded to Delhi Capitals, there were speculations of KL Rahul leading the side. Punjab decided to get into auctions and then made their call.
“As the management, our main objective is to look at the options available and then decide on the best possible combination. K.L. has been with us for a few seasons now and he is not only a star batsman but also leads from the front,” Wadia said.
Now that Ashwin has parted ways, KL Rahul will be leading Punjab in the 2020 season.
“We are happy to appoint Rahul as our captain for the upcoming season. He has been through a lot in the last year or so and has now come back strongly,” KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia told PTI on the day of the IPL auction in Kolkata.
“He has silenced his critics. You will get to see his ability not just as a batsman but also as a captain. He was our unanimous choice,” he added.
“We had a discussion with Anil (Kumble, who is the head coach) and we agreed to name him the skipper. We are confident that he will achieve more success for the franchise,” Wadia also said.
KL Rahul has been in fine form for India as well off late. He had a successful T20I series against the West Indies. He scored 91 runs in the final game to help India seal the series. Furthermore, he carried his form in the on-going ODI series as well. A brilliant hundred (102) from KL Rahul saw India win the 2nd ODI and therefore level the series.
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