Captaincy verdict: KL Rahul as a batsman might get on 10 on 10 but KL Rahul as captain...this leaves a lot to be desired. For the first half of the tournament Punjab stuck to their guns. Glenn Maxwell was the biggest flop and yet he played almost every game. Chris Gayle remained on the bench for the first half of the tournament and his inclusion earlier in the squad would have changed their fortunes.
Major disappointment: Glenn Maxwell is someone who walks into a side with a lot of gravity. He has played for Australia for several years now, can get breakthroughs and is an excellent fielder. But when Punjab needed him the most, he deserted them. Never in a single game he looked firm and raring to go big, he accounted for just 108 in 13 games with a highest individual score of 32.
Season Verdict: Punjab can take heart from the fact that they were in the tournament for the most part of the second half. It’s their ferociousness in the business end that pushed the teams like SRH and RCB to play out of their skins. But they need to understand that their team composition needs restructuring.