Cricket in India is back with a crowd, and not just a small one, but a stadium full of audience. The first T20I between India and England had over 67,000 people sitting in the stadium and supporting their respective teams. However, the sad news is that there won’t be any crowd allowed in the Indian Premier League, at least in the starting phase. The 14th edition of the IPL is about to begin from the 9th of April, after the One Day Internationals series between India and England concludes. All 8 franchises will be taking part, and the new ones have not been included this year. The two new cities will be introduced in the next year’s IPL, so we have to wait one more year for a 10-team tournament.
Mumbai Indians, who were the champions last year, and the year before that as well, are on a winning streak. They have been the champions a record 5 times, and are looking for their 6th trophy. However, a team that can put a dent in their run this year, is the Punjab Kings squad 2021. Punjab Kings, short formed as PBKS, was previously known as Kings XI Punjab or KXIP. The team was renamed this year, and will now play under the same name from now on. PBKS squad 2021 for IPL 14 can give the Punjab fans a first-ever IPL trophy, but they will have to perform out of their skins for that.
In this article, we will be taking a deep look at the Punjab Kings squad 2021 for IPL 14. Besides, the complete Punjab Kings team schedule 2021, and their players’ list will also be available.
Punjab Kings Complete IPL 2021 Schedule
Everyone in India by now must have it in their knowledge that IPL 14 will be starting from April 9th. The tournament is going to feature 60 matches across different venues and is going to be a long league. The first match of the tournament is featured between the reigning and defending champions, Mumbai Indians, and the team that is still looking for its first trophy like PBKS, the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Afterward, we have CSK going up against the finalists of last year, the Delhi Capitals. Next, we will witness KKR taking on SRH. Afterward, we will finally have the last two teams facing each other. The Rajasthan Royals will battle it out against the Punjab Kings at none other than the Wankhede Stadium. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM IST.
That being said, the following is the complete Punjab Kings schedule 2021.
Punjab Kings Squad IPL 14
Punjab Kings squad for 2021 IPL gives another hope to the fans of going all the way. But they have to step up their game and leave their past behind. Firstly, we have KL Rahul as the captain of the team. Rahul has been a consistent performer and has to be at his best this year as well if Punjab is to win the league.
Besides, the most expensive pick of the team this year was Jhye Richardson for 14 crore INR. Richardson is a fast bowler from Australia and promises a lot with his skill. Moreover, we have Chris Gayle, Chris Jordan, and the number one T20I player, Dawid Malan in the team as well.
As for some national players, we have Mayank Agarwal, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, and others.
You can see the complete Punjab Kings team 2021 players list below.
Punjab Kings Team History
Punjab Kings do not really have a great history. They have qualified for the final only once in the 13 editions, and have played the playoffs only a single time as well. In the 2008 season of IPL, the Punjab Kings, then known as Kings XI Punjab, qualified for the playoffs, having finished the group stage as the 2nd best team. However, they were knocked out soon and took the bronze medal home.
Afterward, it was only downhill for them. They didn’t qualify for even the playoffs for five straight seasons. From 2009 to 2013, the Punjab Kings were eliminated in the group stage, and the fans were getting disappointed season after season.
Finally, a positive year came for Punjab, when they reached the final of the tournament in 2014. They topped the group as well, and the team was on a rampage, destroying everyone who came in their path. Unfortunately, they failed at the biggest stage and lost the final to Kolkata Knight Riders.
Since 2014, the team from Punjab has not qualified for even the playoffs. It has been 6 seasons already, and we are yet to see Punjab playing a qualifier or an eliminator. They have been at the bottom of the group stage lately, but can certainly change that this year. Just need to get the team combination right, and handle the pressure well, and we can see PBKS squad 2021 for IPL 14 lifting the trophy after the final.
Punjab Kings Team Coaches
The coaching staff of the Punjab Kings squad for 2021 IPL is a very experienced one. First of all, if we look at the head coach, then it is the man himself, Anil Kumble. With him, he has Andy Flower as the assistant coach of the team.
The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle is the mentor of the side, and it will be a great experience for him as well. Wasim Jaffer, the Twitter king of India is the batting coach of the side. Besides, Damien Wright is serving as the bowling coach. Lastly, we have one of the best fielders in the history of cricket, Jonty Rhodes, as the fielding coach of the Punjab Kings squad 2021.
Punjab Kings Schedule & Players List Download
To download the complete Punjab Kings schedule 2021 and their entire players’ list, then all you have to do is click on the PDF file below. It will be saved on your device then. Afterward, you can easily keep a check on the timetable of your favorite team.