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IPL 2017: Glenn Maxwell replaces Murali Vijay as Kings XI Punjab captain

New Delhi: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell on Friday replaced Indian batsman Murali Vijay as Kings XI Punjab captain ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), beginning April 5. The IPL franchise made the announcement on social media on Thursday.

 IPL 2017: Glenn Maxwell replaces Murali Vijay as Kings XI Punjab captain

File photo of Glenn Maxwell. BCCI

Vijay had replaced South African David Miller as captain midway into the last season. However, that did not change the team's fortune as it finished last for the second successive season.

"With fireworks in his batting, bowling & fielding it's time to unleash the Captain in him. The King of our Pride this season - @Gmaxi_32! (sic)" the franchise tweeted.

The management has preferred Maxwell over the likes of Eoin Morgan, who captained England to the 2016 World T20 final, and Darren Sammy, who led the West Indies to two World T20 titles.

Maxwell, who is currently in India with the Australian Test squad, had a quiet last two IPL seasons by his standards, scoring 324 runs in 22 games.

He, however, was instrumental in taking the team to its maiden IPL final in 2014.

Kings XI also have a new second home this season, at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, where they will play three matches while the rest of the games will be played at PCA Stadium.

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Updated Date: Mar 10, 2017 13:52:10 IST