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Kings XI Punjab
Coach: Australia Tom Moody
Captain: Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara
Colours: Kings XI Punjab colours.svg
Founded: 2008
Home ground:
Owner: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Karan Paul & Mohit Burman
Official website: Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab is a cricket franchise based in Mohali, Punjab in the eight team Indian Premier League. The team is currently captained by Sri Lanka's captain-wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara who replaced Yuvraj Singh after the 2009 season. For the IPL3, an additional venue has been chosen at Dharamsala.


Franchise History

The first owners of the franchise included Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia (Bombay Dyeing), Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur). The group paid a total of $76 million to acquire the franchise.

On 10 Feb Times Now reported that India’s premium manufacturer of 2-wheeled motorised vehicles – Hero Honda on Wednesday (February 10) reportedly bought Indian Premier League Kings XI Punjab for a whopping US $ 260 million. This is the first time an IPL side has been sold out. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals had put only 12 per cent stake on sale which was brought by Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.However, no independent confirmation of this deal has been received from both the parties. [1]

Later on it was confirmed that the Hero Group had not acquired Kings XI Punjab, one of the eight franchisees of the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket tournament, the company as well as Preity Zinta, the co-owner of the team, clarified it on Wednesday.

"Hi everyone! Just want to clarify that we have not sold the team to Hero Honda! Another example of how the media can get it all wrong," Preity posted on her Twitter page Wednesday following TV channel reports that the team had been bought over.

"The reports are absolutely baseless. Neither has the group acquired Kings XI nor was it in talks for such an acquisition," said a spokesperson from the Hero Group. [1]


2008 IPL Season

The 2008 season started on a disastrous note for the Kings XI team as it lost its opening two matches, but then it recovered lost ground and went on to play the semi finals against Chennai Super Kings which they lost and ended up in 3rd position


The tournament got off to a slow start for the Kings XI, with the team losing their first two games. However, despite losing Australians Brett Lee and Simon Katich (who were committed to tour the West Indies with Australia), the team found its groove. Powered by their balanced bowling lineup[2] and effective top order[3], the team won 9 of its next 10 matches, clinching a birth in the semi-final. In the semi-final, their run in the tournament came to an end with a comprehensive 9 wicket loss to the Chennai Super Kings.

Many credit the team for unearthing arguably the biggest find of the tournament in Shaun Marsh.[4][5] The opener from Western Australia was looked over in both IPL player auctions and was signed by the franchise on 9 April.[6] He finished the tournament the highest run scorer with an average of 68.44 and a strike rate of 139.68 in 11 innings. His innings included 1 century and 5 half-centuries.[7]

Racism Row

On top of their strong results, the franchise found itself in the headlines for issues off the field as well. It was alleged that cheerleaders Ellesha Newton and Sherinne Anderson—both of whom are of African lineage—were denied access to the PCA Stadium due to the colour of their skin. Wizcraft International Entertainment, the event management firm hired by the team, denied the allegation and began proceedings on a defamation lawsuit against the organization who represented the two individuals.[8]

Dispute with Punjab Police

The Punjab Police sought compensation in exchange for providing security during IPL matches at the PCA Stadium. The issue was that neither the Punjab Cricket Association, nor the franchise owners were willing to pay the amount being demanded.[9] The dispute reached a boiling point on 23 May during the Kings XI match against the Deccan Chargers, where it was alleged that team co-owner Ness Wadia was engaged in a verbal dispute with Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police, RS Khatra.[10] Khatra eventually filed an official complaint against Wadia, contending that he was accused of stealing alcohol and team merchandise, as well as granting entrance to unauthorized personnel in the stadium.[10] Following this event, the Punjab Police threatened to provide no security for the Kings XI's final home match, unless they were paid the sum they demanded.

2009 Season

Finishing as semi-finalists last year, The Kings XI Punjab started with enormous ambitions to win the trophy.Their ambitions were supported by their new sponsors Emirate Airlines.With two available slots to fill The Punjab Kings made bids on Jerome Taylor and Yusuf Abdulla at the second IPL auctions.

The team took a hit as most of their Australian cricketers were not available.The team's pace department did not have much fire in them after Jerome Taylor backed out at the last minute with a fresh injury.

The Punjab Kings started badly losing to the Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders, however got back to form by beating the Royal Challengers, Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians. Then the team witnessed a roller-coaster ride in their next eight matches with 4 wins and 4 losses.The team's semi-final hopes were crushed after losing to the Chennai Super Kings in their last match.

2010 Season

So far the IPL season Kings XI Punjab have lost both matches to Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers of Banaglore.

Current squad

Kings XI Punjab Roster


All Rounders

Wicket Keepers


  • Head Coach: Australia Tom Moody
  • 1st Assistant Head Coach: Zimbabwe Trevor Penney
  • 2nd Assistant Head Coach: South Africa Dave Nosworthy
  • Physiotherapist: Patrick Farhart

More rosters

Administration and Coaching staff

Fixtures and results

2008 season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result
1 19 April Chennai Super Kings Mohali Lost by 33 runs
2 21 April Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Lost by 6 wickets
3 25 April Mumbai Indians Mohali Won by 66 runs, MoM – Kumar Sangakkara – 94 (56)
4 27 April Delhi Daredevils Mohali Won by 4 wickets, MoM – Simon Katich – 75 (52)
5 1 May Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Won by 7 wickets, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 84* (62)
6 3 May Kolkata Knight Riders Mohali Won by 9 runs, MoM – Irfan Pathan – 24* (26) and 2/18 (4 overs)
7 5 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Won by 6 wickets, MoM – S. Sreesanth – 2/16 (4 overs)
8 10 May Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 18 runs
9 12 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Mohali Won by 9 wickets, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 74* (51)
10 17 May Delhi Daredevils Delhi Won by 6 runs (decided by D/L method), MoM – Mahela Jayawardene – 36* (17)
11 21 May Mumbai Indians Mumbai Won by 1 run, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 81 (56)
12 23 May Deccan Chargers Mohali Won by 6 wickets, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 60 (46)
13 25 May Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Lost by 3 wickets
14 28 May Rajasthan Royals Mohali Won by 41 runs, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 115 (69)
15 31 May Chennai Super Kings (Semi Final #2) Mumbai Lost by 9 wickets

2009 season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result
1 19 April Delhi Daredevils Cape Town Lost by 10 Wickets (D/L Method)
2 21 April Kolkata Knight Riders Durban Lost by 11 runs (D/L Method)
3 24 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Durban Won by 7 wickets, MoM - England Ravinder Bopara 84 (59)
4 26 April Rajasthan Royals Cape Town Won by 27 runs, MoM - Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara
5 29 April Mumbai Indians Durban Won by 3 runs, MoM - Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara 45* (44)
6 1 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Durban Lost by 8 runs, MoM - India Yuvraj Singh 3/22 (4overs) & 50 (33)
7 3 May Kolkata Knight Riders Port Elizabeth Won by 6 wickets, MoM - Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene 52* (41)
8 5 May Rajasthan Royals Durban Lost by 78 runs
9 7 May Chennai Super Kings Pretoria Lost by 12 runs
10 9 May Deccan Chargers Kimberley Won by 3 Wickets, MoM - Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene
11 12 May Mumbai Indians Pretoria Lost by 8 wickets
12 15 May Delhi Daredevils Bloemfontein Won by 6 Wickets,MoM - Australia Brett Lee 3/15 (4 overs)
13 17 May Deccan Chargers Johannesburg Won by 1 run, MoM - India Yuvraj Singh 20 (18) & 3/13 (4 overs)
14 20 May Chennai Super Kings Durban Lost by 24 runs

2010 season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result
1 13 March Delhi Daredevils Mohali Lost by 5 Wickets
2 16 March Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru Lost by 8 Wickets


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