Letting go of George Bailey was a surprising move from Kings XI Punjab, and one that raised quite an important question for the team. As to who would be the team’s next captain?
The team management’s answer was equally surprising as David Miller was announced as the new skipper for the forthcoming 2016 IPL season.
Despite the element of surprise – and underlying risk – it’s no denying that the southpaw has been an instrumental presence in the Punjab line-up. The team first acquired Miller ahead of the 2011 IPL season and in these five years; he’s cemented his place in the squad with his brilliance and hard work. When looked at in this context, the move to entrust him with such a responsibility seems to be the logical progression.
The 26-year old was one of the quartet of the four foreign players retained by the team, the other three being Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Marsh. At the IPL auction held on the 6th February, the Punjab team bought eight new players. Amongst these eight, five were Indian players – Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Arman Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu and Swapnil Singh, and three were overseas players – Kyle Abbott, Marcus Stoinis and Farhaan Behardien.
Just recently, the team had also appointed former team-member Virender Sehwag as the team’s coach.
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