Leading the CSK squadron is not an easy task. Playing for them either isn’t really a walk in the park. With Dhoni leading the side, you always have to deliver your very best to stay on the hunt.
However, a Twitter user brought to the fore, how four players who played for Chennai for a brief period would also go on to lead the Kings XI Punjab, now rechristened as Punjab Kings. It was their ability to shine under the limelight for CSK that would help them to grab the Punjab Kings.
In this story, let us quickly take a look at four CSK players who would go on to lead the Punjab Kings later in the future.
#1 David Hussey 2012-13
The Australian biffer and one of the most eminent and effusive T20 cricketers in the early days of the sport, David Hussey would be handed over the captaincy of the Red Army in 2012 and 2013. Even though he was mostly towered by former Australian captain, Adam Gilchrist, there would be games where he would step up as the leader for the Punjab Kings. However, both the years would end up in disaster, especially considering the fact that Punjab ended in the 6th position of the points table for both the years.
#2 George Bailey – 2014 – 15
George Bailey’s kingship at the Punjab Kings took them to the finals in the very first season and the Australian batter would have significant help from Glenn Maxwell who had his breakout season in that year, ravaging oppositions at will. Sadly, his efforts won’t fructify in the end as Punjab would finish as the runners-up. Sadly, in 2015, the team lost its element completely and ended at the bottom of the points table in the league stages as they would win just 3 games.
#3 Murali Vijay – 2016
A captain change didn’t really help Punjab’s cause in 2016 because Murali Vijay could not help Punjab in the following season. They won one game more than the precursor edition but with 4 wins from 14 games they finished at the rock-bottom of the points table with hardly any significant numbers to back their cause.
#4 Ravichandran Ashwin – 2018 -19
Ravichandran Ashwin’s leadership couldn’t help the cause of Punjab Kings as their hunt for finishing in the top four continued to end in flames. In 2018, the team finished just one position adrift of the rock-bottom as they finished in the seventh position. They would go on to win 6 encounters out of the 14 that they would play. In 2019, the Punjab Kings would finish in the 6th position of the points table with 6 wins from 8 games but their net run rate was straight off the charts.