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IPL-2021: Rahul-Kumble will be seen in Kings XI Punjab, this big player will be out!

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Kings XI Punjab are likely to remain intact with captain KL Rahul and coach Anil Kumble despite finishing sixth in the 2020 Indian Premier League. A team source said that the owners want to retain Rahul and Kumble in the 2021 season which will be held in less than six months. Rahul, who captained the team for the first time this season, performed well with the bat, scoring 670 runs at an average of 55.83.

Kumble had his first season with the franchise. The Punjab team was never a balanced unit but has finally got a core group of players with whom it can form a team. The group consists of Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Puran, Mohammed Shami, Chris Gayle and youngsters such as Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh. The management wants to address some of the shortcomings in the middle order and also in the bowling department which has been a problem for many years.

The source said, ‘The owners are happy with the captain and the coach. Rahul’s performance with the bat was excellent and the team bounced back in the second half of the season. Had there not been a short run in the first match against Delhi Capitals, the team could have reached the play-off as well. He said, ‘The good thing is that the core group has been found. There is a need to remove shortcomings in the middle order where the team needs power hitter players as well as a world class fast bowler to help Shami.

The team has spent a lot on players like Glenn Maxwell (Rs 10.75 crore) and Sheldon Cottrell (Rs 8.5 crore) but both failed to do much, especially the Australian player who scored 108 runs in 13 matches at an average of 15.42. The team rejoined the team in 2017 after Maxwell left. “His performance did not go as expected and it will be difficult to continue with him,” the source said. Their future will also be decided in the team review meeting.

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