Bailey to captain Kings XI Punjab in IPL

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“We are confident he has the ability to bring out the best from everyone”

Australia Twenty20 skipper George Bailey will captain the Kings XI Punjab in this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar revealed that the decision to make Bailey captain was “unanimous”.

“He was the unanimous choice,” Bangar told ESPNcricinfo. “He has got success as a leader in the domestic tournaments like Sheffield Shield in Australia.

“He had also lead Australia in the Twenty20 format. And then the overall type of character he is, who can understand a range of players from the bigger names to ones that have limited ability. We are confident he has the ability to bring out the best from everyone.

“We required a player with past leadership experience. The second and crucial aspect was to have a player who was guaranteed a place in the team for all matches.”

Bangar added that he expects Bailey to make the most of the side’s veteran players like Virender Sehwag.

“We required a player with past leadership experience. The second and crucial aspect was to have a player who was guaranteed a place in the team for all matches,” Bangar said. “But on the field Bailey will be the captain.”

Bailey was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3.25 crore ($531,000 approx).

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