Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes who has been signed as the fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab was seen at practice with the players. Rhodes was seen to hit the ground running doing a few warm-ups himself.
Rhodes was the fielding coach of the four-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians from 2009 to 2017. He was signed as the fielding coach of KXIP at the start of the 2020 season. In September 2020, Rhodes signed a contract with the Swedish Cricket Federation, ahead of moving to Sweden permanently.
In a video shared by KXIP’s official Twitter handle, Jonty is seen taking a one-handed stunner. Did you ‘catch’ that? was the caption of the video posted by the franchise.
Watch – Jonty Rhodes takes a one-handed stunner
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) September 14, 2020
The Kings XI Punjab come into this IPL with happy memories from the 2014 season also held at the same venue. The team made the finals under George Bailey but lost to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the finale.
Plus, they have roped in Glenn Maxwell for 10.5 crores for this season, who has happy memories of the UAE as well. Maxwell scored 300 runs in just five matches in the 2014 IPL with an average of over 60.
Kings XI Punjab have assembled a good squad this season with a rich blend of experience and youth. KL Rahul will be leading the team this season. Rahul has been selected to lead a side for the first time in his career. He has the Chris Gayle and Maxwell to fall back on in terms of experience.
Kings XI coach, Anil Kumble previously said that they are looking to allot a leadership role o Gayle in this IPL.
Kings XI Punjab IPL 2020 Squad
KL Rahul (C), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh.