3. Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab has enough batting resources in their franchise but the addition of Steve Smith will release some captaincy pressure from KL Rahul. Smith will add value to the franchise as a former IPL and Australia captain which will help KL Rahul throughout the season. Also, if Smith is acquired by KXIP then he will probably bat as an anchor for the team at 3 which will mean that KL Rahul as a batsman can then bat freely in the powerplay.
With Maxwell no longer part of the franchise, the combination of consistent Smith at 3 and the explosive Nicholas Pooran at 4 can do wonders for KXIP in the coming season. Smith will add experience in the KXIP team which the franchise lacked at crucial stages in the last season. Don’t be surprised if KXIP goes all out for Smith in the auction and spend a hefty amount for him as they already have a purse of Rs. 53 crores.