Preity Zinta: Varun Chakravarthy a long-term investment for Kings XI Punjab

Varun Chakravarthy, the mystery spinner, will be a back-up for captain R. Ashwin, the franchise co-owner says.

Varun Chakravarthy (in picture) was bought for ₹8.40 crore by Kings XI Punjab.   -  R. Ragu

Varun Chakravarthy is a long-term investment for Kings XI Punjab, co-owner Preity Zinta has said.

The mystery spinner, bought by the franchise for ₹8.40 crore, will be a back-up for captain R. Ashwin, according to Zinta. “Varun is an underexposed mystery bowler along with being a back-up spinner who will add value to the team. Kings XI Punjab has always wanted to give chance to untested talent and Varun is a long-term investment for us,” Zinta told PTI via email.

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“I feel that with guidance from coach Mike Hesson, he (Varun) will be able to hone his capabilities and contribute to team’s success,” the Bollywood actor said.

A ‘thought-through’ strategy

Zinta was pleased to have picked players the management thought could be the missing link from the last edition. “We opted a thought-through strategy for the auctions. We wanted to pick up players that could fill in the missing gaps and create a remarkable team line-up. I believe that we have a balanced side now with a lot of good options in our kitty in case of requirements during the season,” she said.

Preity Zinta: "We opted for a thought-through strategy for the auctions." Photo: Emmanuel Yogini


Zinta called Prabhsimran Singh, who pocked a ₹1.5 crore contract without having played a single Ranji Trophy match, a new star in the horizon. “At the Kings XI Punjab, we have always believed in providing opportunity to domestic talent and Prabh Simran is the new star on the horizon. The management team at KXIP does a background research before bidding for any player,” she reasoned.

Local connect

Zinta also mentioned Prabhsimran’s local connect. “I personally feel that he is a local boy from Punjab and a talent to watch out for in future,” she added.

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Zinta said Kings XI Punjab is prepared to do well in the IPL even if it is held away from India in 2019. “We have faced such scenario in the past and are adequately prepared for the upcoming season. The balance and constitution of the team is such that they can play in India or any other country with the same zeal and deliver outstanding results,” she said.

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