Kings XI Punjab renamed. (Photo: Collected)
The Delhi Daredevils changed their name two years ago. Although the name was changed due to the change of ownership, the Delhi franchise was renamed as ‘Delhi Capitals’. After two years, they had a lot of success. Capitals played in the last IPL final. Although they could not win the title.
Preity Zinta’s team Kings XI Punjab is also thinking of changing the name. The team believes that changing the name may lead to success. They have changed not only the name but also the logo.
Ness Wadia, a franchise owned by Preity Zinta, will take part in the upcoming IPL under the name ‘Punjab Kings’ by changing the old name to ‘Kings XI Punjab’. Although it was initially thought that the name change was aimed at winning the coveted title, franchise sources said they had been planning for a long time.
After Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) and Rising Pune Supergiant (formerly Pune Warriors), Preeti Punjab is on the road to change its name as the third franchise in the IPL.
According to PTI sources, the new name has been decided after long discussions. Such a decision was not even made overnight. The plan to become Punjab Kings from Kings XI Punjab was long overdue.
It is to be noted that the best success of this franchise team of Punjab in this multi-million dollar league of India is the 2014 final. Although they failed to win the service title. So, they will play in the 14th IPL with the aim of capturing the elusive title.
However, the UAE witnessed the return of Kings XI Punjab in the 2020 IPL. The team led by Lokesh Rahul, which has won only one of the first seven matches, turned out well in the second round. There was even a time when it was time to run in the playoffs.
But Gayle-Rahul missed that opportunity for a while. These two batsmen played a significant role in the team’s performance with the bat. Punjab captain Lokesh Rahul was the top scorer with 60 runs in the tournament. Preity Zinta handed over the captaincy of the team to Rahul last season due to the departure of Ravichandran Ashwin.
Kings XI Punjab finished last IPL season with 6 wins in 14 matches. Preity’s team is likely to start the campaign in the next IPL under the leadership of Lokesh Rahul.
Source: ODHIKAR by www.odhikar.news.
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