We nearly went for Bangalore Royal Challengers, because they’ve got Rahul Dravid, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Misbah-ul-Haq and Dale Steyn.
We nearly went for Deccan Chargers, because they’ve got VVS Laxman, Herschelle Gibbs, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and Shahid Afridi. We’re not a massive fan of several of those players, but the potential for stroke-making’s quite appealing.
In the end we’ve gone for Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab is a shit name and certainly nowhere near as good as our suggestion – ‘The Mohali Cricketinator 9000s’, but what are you going to do?
We’ve gone for them mostly on the basis of their playing staff: Yuvraj Singh, Mahela Jayawardene, Brett Lee, Irfan Pathan, Ramesh Powar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ramnaresh Sarwan and, er, Sreesanth. There’s a generally agreeable bunch of players, which means they’re bound to lose. And if they do, it’ll be so much easier to support them.
We also went for Kings XI Punjab, because they play in Chandigarh and we quite liked Chandigarh when we there, in a faintly post-apocalyptic kind of way.