IPL 9: Murali Vijay replaces 'axed' David Miller as new KXIP skipper

Kings XI Punjab on Saturday replaced captain David Miller with batsman Murali Vijay following the side's five losses out of the six matches played so far in this edition of Indian Premier League

New Delhi: Struggling IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab on Saturday replaced out-of-form captain David Miller with Murali Vijay after losing five of their six games in the tournament so far.

"Kings XI Punjab announces M Vijay as the captain for Kings XI Punjab for the remaining part of the IPL 2016 tournament. David Miller continues to be an integral part of the team and is a very strong player of the squad," the team said in a statement.

David Miller and Murali Vijay
Kings XI Punjab on Saturday replaced David Miller (left) with Murali Vijay (right) as captain of the franchise. Pic/AFP

Punjab, who are set to face table-toppers Gujarat Lions tomorrow in Rajkot, are currently lying at the bottom of the heap with just two points in their kitty.

Miller has had a tough time scoring just 76 runs in six innings even though his strike-rate stands at 129.
Vijay, on the other hand, has been among the runs and has notched up 143 so far in six innings.

Punjab also announced that they will be playing their last three home matches in Mohali on May 7, 9 and 15 respectively. 

Nagpur was supposed to host the three matches. But the Bombay High Court ordered the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift all the matches after May 1 out of Maharashtra due to the prevailing drought in the western state.

"We look forward to the support of our fans in the catchment area as we move ahead in the tournament this year," Punjab said in a statement.


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