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IPL 2016: Murali Vijay likely to replace David Miller as Kings XI Punjab captain

first_imgSkipper David Miller could be the first casualty after Kings XI Punjab’s horror start to their Indian Premier League campaign this year.Miller, has had a torrid time with the bat, scoring a mere 76 off six games, with a best of an unbeaten 30. Besides, KXIP are last on the table, having lost five of their six matches so far. Punjab’s solitary win this season had come against Rising Pune Supergiants at home on April 17.According to the Times of India, Murali Vijay could be appointed captain if Miller is sacked midway through the tournament. KXIP have plenty of catching up to do and maybe the team management thinks it’s best to get rid of Miller while there is still some hope left.Vijay hasn’t exactly set the IPL on fire, but has been reasonably consistent with 143 runs, including 53 in a winning cause against Pune. He, as a Test specialist for India, is well-respected, and is known to have possess sharp cricketing acumen.KXIP’s hands could also have been forced by the IPL rules which stipulate only foreign players in a playing XI for any team. Therefore, Miller’s position looks untenable now.The other three foreigners in the KXIP line-up – Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and pacer Kyle Abbott – are certain to retain their place in the final XI. While Abbott might be replaced by another specialist bowler if he fails to deliver in the team’s next game, Marsh and Maxwell have done their chances no harm with a couple of aggressive knocks.advertisementlast_img read more

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