Punjab Kings Cricket Team Guide
Established back in 2008 following the inception of the Indian Premier League, the Punjab Kings were one of the founding members, with this specific side hailing from Mohali, Punjab towards the very north of the country.
Punjab Kings Cricket Team Background
The Punjab Kings team were formerly known as Kings XI Punjab before the franchise officially changed its name to the former in 2021. The Punjab Kings were actually expelled from the IPL alongside the Rajasthan Royals, back in 2010 surrounding a controversy with ownership, however, would be reinstated 2012.
Where Do The Punjab Kings Play?
Since 2008, the Punjab Kings have played a majority of their home matches at the Inderjit Singh Bindra stadium. This is located in Mohali and has a capacity of 26,000. However, since 2010, the team has also played a number of its home matches at the HPCA Stadium, with this ground being known for its mountainous backdrop.
Punjab Kings Players
The Punjab Kings has had its fair share of star players from the Indian cricket team play for them, with some standout names including Kannaur Rahul, Sandeep Sharma, Mayank Agarwal and Piyush Chawla just to name a few.
Arguably one of the best white ball batters to ever play the game, Chris Gayle of the West Indies cricket team has taken to the field for the Punjab Kings. As well as this, other notable overseas players include England cricket team wicket keeper Johnny Bairstow, South Africa’s David Miller and Australian Shaun Marsh.
Memorable Games For The Punjab Kings Cricket Team
The 2014 IPL season was an especially notable year for the Punjab Kings team, with them finishing first in the league table standings by the time the playoffs came around. They won their first 5 games of the season, all of which were actually held in the UAE due to an ongoing general election back in India. Australia cricket team player Glenn Maxwell was a standout performer in the lead up to the playoffs, with the powerful unorthodox batter managing a strike rate over 200.
In the semi final of the playoffs, the Chennai Super Kings were defeated thanks partially to 112 runs from Virender Sehwag, however, in the final, the season long successes weren’t to be replicated as the Punjab Kings couldn’t chase down the very feasible 199 runs from the Kolkata Knight Riders. Although losing the final, it was the highest position the side had finished since their inception, marking their progress since returning to the IPL.