Wikipedia - Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings (PBKS), formerly Kings XI Punjab, are a professional franchise cricket team based in Mullanpur, Mohali, Punjab, that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise is jointly owned by Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta and Karan Paul. The team plays its home matches at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium, although since the 2010 season, they have also played some home matches at Dharamsala and Indore. Apart from the 2014 season when they topped the league table and finished runners-up, the team has made only one other playoff appearance in 16 seasons.

The franchise played in the now-defunct Champions League Twenty20 once, in 2014 when they finished as semi-finalists. The team name was changed to Punjab Kings in February 2021. In the December 2022 mini-auction the franchise made the then highest-ever bid for a player in the IPL, paying 18.50 crore (US$2.3 million) for Sam Curran.


In 2007, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) created the cricket tournament the Indian Premier League, based on the Twenty20 format of the game. Franchises for eight cities were made available in an auction held in Mumbai on 20 February 2008. The team representing Punjab was bought by the Dabur group's Mohit Burman (46%), the Wadia group's Ness Wadia (23%), Preity Zinta (23%), and Saptarshi Dey of the Dey & Dey Group (minor stake). The group paid a total of $76 million to acquire the franchise.

As the Kings XI Punjab, the franchise's catchment areas were the regions of Kashmir, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana—evident from the letter sequence "K J H P H" in the banner of the team's logo.

Expulsion from the IPL and return

Following the controversy surrounding the BCCI and Lalit Modi in 2010, the Indian Premier League announced on 10 October 2010 that it had terminated the franchise contracts of Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals. The teams announced that they would take legal action to remain in the Indian Premier League. Initially, the team tried to negotiate a solution with the league, but when one could not be reached, they decided to file a case in the Bombay High Court accusing the IPL of getting rid of the two teams so that when the bidding process would start for the 2012 IPL season, the contract would be given to a more lucrative bidder.

The termination order was stayed by the Bombay High Court, and the legal dispute between the BCCI and the franchise ended in 2012.

Name change

On 17 February 2021, Kings XI Punjab was renamed to Punjab Kings, ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League. Ness Wadia explained the reason for changing the franchise name was to "relook at things" and rebrand after 13 seasons of IPL. He expressed his disappointment over the franchise for "not being able to win a title" and expected them to "start afresh" after a name change. He added that the name change had been planned two years ago and COVID-19 had just delayed the announcement.


Last updated:25 March 2024

Player Nationality From To Matches Won Lost Tied NR Win% Best Result
Yuvraj Singh India 2008 2009 29 17 12 0 0 58.62 SF (2008)
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 2010 2010 13 3 9 1 0 23.33 5/8 (2010)
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 2010 2010 1 0 1 0 0 0 Stand-In
Adam Gilchrist Australia 2011 2013 34 17 17 0 0 50 5/10 (2011)
David Hussey Australia 2012 2013 12 6 6 0 0 50 Stand-In
George Bailey Australia 2014 2015 35 18 17 0 0 51.42 Runners up (2014)
Virender Sehwag India 2015 2015 1 0 0 1 0 0 Stand-In
David Miller South Africa 2016 2016 6 1 5 0 0 16.66 8/8(2016 First half)
Murali Vijay India 2016 2016 8 3 5 0 0 37.5 8/8(2016 Second half)
Glenn Maxwell Australia 2017 2020 28 12 16 2 0 50 6/8 (2020)
Ravichandran Ashwin India 2018 2019 28 12 16 0 0 42.85 6/8 (2019)
KL Rahul India 2021 2021 14 6 8 0 0 40.74 6/8 (2021)
Mayank Agarwal India 2022 2022 14 7 7 0 0 50 6/10 (2022)
Shikhar Dhawan India 2022 Present 13 5 8 0 0 38.46 8/10 (2023)
Sam Curran England 2023 2023 3 2 1 0 0 66.66 Stand-In

The India cricket team "Punjab Kings" is a powerhouse in the world of cricket, known for their strong batting lineup and talented bowlers. The team is based in the state of Punjab and has a loyal fan base that supports them through thick and thin.

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