Hyderabad: Kings XI Punjab, the Indian Premier League side, opted for a change in their name and they will now be called Punjab Kings from the 2021 season. Their captain KL Rahul hoped that the change in name would bring them good fortune.
Speaking during the Star Sports show ahead of the auctions, the captain said, “I liked the name Kings XI but the team is a lot more than just 11 players. We are supposed to be like a family, supposed to feel like a family, supposed to feel like a whole unit. I am quite confident that the change in name will bring us good fortune this year.”
KL Rahul had a wonderful season scoring 670 runs from 14 matches and took the Orange Cap. However, his team failed to make it to the qualifiers.
In a middling campaign for the Punjab-based franchise, KL Rahul was one of IPL 2020’s best performers. The Karnataka batsman was the season’s top run-scorer with 670 runs from just 14 innings at an average of 55.83.
Meanwhile, Chris Gayle also supported the change in game. “Absolutely, I love it. Sometimes, it’s good to have a change as well. I like what KL said. It’s not about the 11 players. It’s going to get everyone more involved. Punjab Kings is the way to go,” said Gayle.