Kings XI Punjab team owned by Indian actress Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia of Bombay Dyeing group, Karan Paul of Apeejay Surendera group and Mohit Burman from Dabur group is one of the most glamorous team in IPL. At start of first season, team lost two consecutive matches, but after that even after their star players like Bret Lee and Simon Catich returned to Australia for playing matches from national team; they started winning the game. It won 9 matches out of 10 after first two matches. Many people said this is due to a new find of the tournament, Shaun Marsh. Opening batsmen from Western Australia was the highest scorer with strike rate of 139.68 and an average around 68.44 and that too in only 11 matches.
Team made their way to semis quite easily, but after that it lost their match with Chennai Super Kings in semis. Similar to all other IPL teams, this team was also found itself in many issues like racism and dispute with local police service. It was reported that team’s two cheer leaders, both having African roots, were disallowed to enter inside the PCA stadium. But team found its way through this issue safely. But then it deadlocked in another issue. Police demanded money in exchange to protection but team management or PCA stadium association was not willing to provide such compensation. So police threatened to provide nil security and also one owner of team got engaged himself in dispute with senior police superintendent. Police also filed official complaint against Ness stating that he granted access to non authorized person in stadium and also he bought alcohol in stadium secretly.
Before second season started, news was flowing about rift between Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia. But they declared that any differences between them will not affect their team or their performance in any manner.
We can say that this team will be one of the strong contenders to take away title prize of IPL 2010.