The Mohali-based team has never made it bigger than reaching the semi-final in the first edition in 2008. Since then they have not been able to make a lasting impression in the league. Adam Gilchrist, the 41-year-old former Australia wicket-keeping star, leads a group of young players. Interestingly, Darren Lehmann has joined the team management and he along with Gilchrist would like to repeat their triumphant performance for Deccan Chargers in 2009.
One of the pioneering objectives of the Punjab team has been to give young domestic players a chance to perform. This has resulted in many local players doing well in domestic tournaments like opener Mandeep Singh, left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt and India pacer Parwinder Awana.
Amongst oversees players, former Pakistan all-rounder and now an English citizen Azhar Mahmood brings a lot of balance to the side. Shaun Marsh, having scored 1603 IPL runs at an amazing average of 46, will again bolster the batting for Kings XI. Big-hitting Luke Pomersbach joins back his former team and will be expected to play a major role this season. South African David Miller and Australian T20 veteran David Hussey will add muscle to the batting line-up.
Punjab pacer Manpreet Gony joins Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Awana in an India-dominated bowling attack.
IPL 6 Kings XI Punjab Team Squad 2013
|Adam Gilchrist (Wicket-keeper) (Captain)||Australia||41||Left-hand||Right-arm off break|
|Azhar Mahmood||England||37||Right-hand||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Bhargav Bhatt||India||22||Left-hand||Slow left arm orthodox|
|Bipul Sharma||India||29||Left-hand||Slow left arm orthodox|
|David Hussey||Australia||35||Right-hand||Right-arm off break|
|David Miller||South Africa||23||Left-hand||Right-arm off break|
|Dimitri Mascarenhas||England||35||Right-hand||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Gurkeerat Singh||India||22||Right-hand||Right-arm off break|
|Harmeet Singh||India||25||Right-hand||Right-arm medium|
|Manan Vohra||India||19||Right-hand||Right-arm medium|
|Mandeep Singh||India||21||Right-hand||Right-arm medium|
|Nitin Saini (Wicket-keeper)||India||24||Right-hand||-|
|Parvinder Awana||India||26||Right-hand||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Paul Valthaty||India||29||Right-hand||Right-arm medium|
|Piyush Chawla||India||24||Left-hand||Right-arm leg break|
|Praveen Kumar||India||26||Right-hand||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Rajagopal Sathish||India||32||Right-hand||Right-arm medium|
|Ryan Harris||Australia||33||Right-hand||Right arm fast|
|Shaun Marsh||Australia||29||Left-hand||Slow left arm orthodox|
|Siddharth Chitnis||India||25||Right-hand||Right-arm off break|
|Sunny Singh||India||26||Right-hand||Right-arm medium|