Skipper KL Rahul reveals reason behind renaming franchise to Punjab Kings


New Delhi: The newly named Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab) will be hoping for the name change to bring a fresh change of luck and plenty more togetherness for the franchise ahead of the IPL 2021, feels skipper KL Rahul.

Ahead of the auction event, the Punjab franchise have decided to change their team name and logo on Wednesday (February 17). The team renamed from Kings XI Punjab to Punjab Kings ahead of the T20 extravaganza.

Rahul exuded confidence that the renaming would help change the fortunes of the team. “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,” said Rahul.

“I felt like we were on the right track last year as well, we played some unbelievable cricket and we managed to do some unreal things last season. There were a lot of close games last year that we really felt like we should have won, and that has happened in the last three seasons that I have been part of Kings XI. So fingers crossed, this (name change) will bring us some good luck and bring our team together,” he added.

After Rahul, the Universe Boss Chris Gayle, who joined the franchise in 2018, also backed Rahul’s claims, saying the renaming makes the team more inclusive. “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,” Gayle said.