Kings XI Punjab were touted as one of the strongest sides going into the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, a string of poor performances at the start of IPL 2020 losing six games on a trot ensured they fall short in the playoff race.
Meanwhile, Punjab had picked up late winning five consecutive games but losing to Chennai Super Kings in the final league game was the final nail in the coffin. They finished sixth in the points table with six wins from 14 games. Despite good batting performances at the top-order, below-par efforts from the middle-order ensured KXIP fall short on the race.
With Kings XI Punjab confirming that they will look to come back stronger in the next game, they will look to change and chop in their squad.
On that note, let us a take a look at 5 players Kings XI Punjab might release ahead of IPL 2020:
5. Karun Nair
The domestic stalwart from Karnataka has had a very unfortunate career so far. Despite scoring heavily, Karun Nair has failed to attract the selectors of the Indian team and also his employer in the Indian Premier League. More so, Karun has failed to live up to the opportunities whenever he has been provided with an opportunity.
The right-handed batsman managed only 16 runs from four matches he played in IPL 2020. The poor run with the bat saw the management drop him from the playing XI which can also be his last in the Kings XI Punjab jersey.
As the management look to rebuild a strong squad for the next season, Karun might be shown the exit doors amid the presence of a couple of talented top-order batters.