The Ravichandran Ashwin led Kings XI Punjab is currently at the fifth spot in the points table of IPL 2019. They have won four games out of eight matches that they have played so far in the tournament. KXIP now face Rajasthan Royals at their home ground IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. A win in this match will make KXIP replace Kolkata Knight Riders from the fourth spot in the points table. Also, they need to win 4 to 5 matches out of six matches to qualify in play-offs. Hence, Kings XI Punjab will look to post a win at their home ground before playing Delhi Capitals later in this week.
However, KXIP have lost their one of their valuable spinner Varun Chakarvarthy. KXIP bought him at an unbelievable price of Rs 8.4 Cr. It was a huge amount of money especially considering him as he has never played an IPL before, it was his first IPL.
Varun Chakravarthy has played only one match so far in IPL 2019. Varun made his IPL debut against KKR on March 27. He finished with figures of 1/35 in his debut match at the Eden Gardens and he hasn’t played in the IPL since that game. He fractured his finger ahead of KXIP’s clash against CSK earlier this month and hasn’t recovered since.
KXIP CEO Satish Menon said
“It’s unfortunate that varun chakravarthy picked up the injury, but these things happen in cricket. We have great faith in his abilities and we can only hope that he recovers soon.”
Varun Chakrvarthy is a mystery spinner. The team will be hoping that Chakravarthy, whom they have auctioned at very high price, will recover speedily and joins the squad. Apart from him, KXIP has two world class spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Mujeeb ur Rahman. Other spinner Murgun Ashwin is also bowling well.